Nearly 200 students were honored on March 24 during Brookdale’s annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony in the Collins Arena.
The students, some of the nearly 500 who received academic scholarships through the Brookdale Foundation for the 2015-16 school year, were joined at the ceremony by Brookdale administrators, trustees, friends, family and many of the donors who made their scholarships possible.
The program began with addresses by Timothy Zeiss, executive director of the Brookdale Foundation and Alumni Affairs, Brookdale financial aid director Stephanie Fitzsimmons and Dr. Matthew Reed, Vice President of Learning.
“Our mission is to help students achieve their dreams of earning a college degree so they can build better futures for themselves, their families and our communities,” said Zeiss, referring to the Brookdale Foundation.
Speaking to the students, Reed added, “I encourage you to continue to work hard and seize all the opportunities that Brookdale provides to our students… This Scholarship Reception illustrates the commitment of the Brookdale Foundation Trustees, our Alumni Association Trustees, our donors and our volunteers to your success.”
Students were called to the stage one by one to receive an official certificate in front of the capacity crowd and have a professional photo taken.
Many students spent time after the ceremony meeting with the donors and local organizations who supported their scholarship at Brookdale.
“I feel astounded, because it’s my first scholarship,” said Siyana Carson, recipient of the Breht Boone Memorial Scholarship for Theater Students. “The fact that I was picked out of so many people, it means something. It means that they have been looking at what I have been doing and what I have been up to, and it’s nice to be recognized.”
The Brookdale Foundation offers scholarships to a wide range of students each year, including working class students who don’t qualify for traditional financial aid. This year alone the Foundation awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to nearly 500 students. In the past 16 years, the Foundation has awarded over $4.4 million in scholarships and grants to nearly 7,000 students.
For more information about available scholarships at Brookdale, click here.
Check out more photos of the Scholarship Recognition Ceremony here.
A video of the ceremony is available here.
Article by Mikaela Mazzeo, college relations intern.