Randolph-Macon College scholarship recipients and their donors celebrated together on March 8, 2017 at the Annual Scholarship Dinner. The gathering in Birdsong Hall gave students the opportunity to publicly thank the people who have made their dreams of a college education a reality.
Margaret Dodson '17, recipient of The Cheryl Lindgren Scholarship, welcomed guests. Connor Maenz '18, recipient of The Charles, Arthur, and Wilbur York Scholarship, gave the invocation.
Generosity + Gratitude
During a panel discussion moderated by Diane Lowder, vice president for college advancement, participants Sean Fergusson '17, Kelsie Grice '17, Margaret Dodson '17 and Treyvon Paige '17, all of whom are scholarship recipients, discussed why their scholarships are important to them and expressed gratitude toward the donors who helped make dreams of attending R-MC a reality.
Following the panel discussion, attendees enjoyed a video that featured scholarship recipients.
Sequoyah McGee '17, recipient of the Barclay and Rob DuPriest Scholarship, says, "I don't know where I'd be without this scholarship." McGee, an environmental studies major who recently did an internship, is especially thankful to have met students, faculty and staff from all over of the world.
Leah Kehoe '17, a political science major, is the recipient of The Howard Davis Scholarship, The Ira M. Lechner Scholarship and The Inez Wills Wilkens Scholarship.
"The scholarships have meant the world to me," she says. "They have allowed me to continue my education, and my passion for law and politics."
For Natalie Meyer '18, scholarships have opened up a world of opportunities. Meyer, a classical studies, religious studies, and Spanish major, is the recipient of The Forrester Family Scholarship and The Robert Epes Jones Scholarship in Classics.
"My scholarships allow me to have three majors, study abroad, and do internships," she says. Life as a student also includes roles as a resident assistant, a student employee, and a member of campus organizations.
The Best and Brightest
President Robert R. Lindgren thanked donors for their generosity.
"By endowing scholarships you have not only helped Randolph-Macon to attract the best and brightest students from across the country, you have helped these students to become something much better," said Lindgren. "And you have also helped play a meaningful role in contributing to the prosperity and future growth of Randolph-Macon College. The scholarships that you make possible reward the courage and perseverance of our incredible students, making Randolph-Macon College possible to them, where otherwise it might not be conceivable. You make an enormous difference in their lives."
The evening concluded with the alma mater, which was led by Virshon Carrington '19, Emily Nicholson '18 and Jeffrey Peters '20.
R-MC's Endowed Scholarship Program
Since R-MC's founding in 1830, alumni, parents, foundations and friends have established more than 300 endowed scholarships. Commitment to this legacy has made it possible for thousands of deserving students to benefit from a Randolph-Macon College education.
There are currently 288 recipients of endowed scholarships at Randolph-Macon, who were awarded more than $1,700,000 in endowed scholarship aid this academic year. R-MC also boasts six Wornom Fellows—students who are on their way to medical school and are supported through a scholarship created by the late Paul Wornom '37.