Beaver College of Health Sciences holds Annual Scholarship Reception
The Beaver College of Health Sciences held its 5th Annual Scholarship Reception on Thursday, September 15, 2016 in the Parkway Ballroom in the Plemmons Student Union. Over 100 students, faculty members, and donors attended the event.
The Scholarship Reception provides student recipients with the opportunity to meet their Scholarship donors and personally thank them for their generosity. It also offers the donors the chance to hear how their donations have impacted the students' lives and careers.
The ceremony featured a welcome from Founding Dean Fred Whitt, and greetings from Randy Edwards, Interim Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. Associate Deans Denise Levy and Gary McCullough also participated in the ceremony. Featured speakers included two scholarship recipients, Hayley Behm and Nick Stevens, and a donor and Advisory Council member, John Roos.
Hayley Behm, a scholarship recipient who is a double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Theatre, acknowledged how the Dean's Scholarship helped make her dreams a reality. "Without all of your support, I would not be at App. I wouldn't be participating in the only research study of its kind [that incorporates both of my majors]. I wouldn't have the opportunity to study abroad in not just one, but two places. Please know how much your donations mean to us as students."
Nick Stevens, a first year student majoring in Exercise Science, offered his insight on how the Dean's Scholarship changed his life. "This scholarship means the world and more to me, my family, and my high school family back home, and with it I can achieve my dream of being a sports psychologist. I can make those who care about me proud of me, proving to them that their efforts to see me succeed were not in vain. With the help of this scholarship, the generous donors who made it possible, Dean Whitt, and the rest of the faculty, I can proudly call myself a Mountaineer."
John Roos, Senior Vice President for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, who is also a scholarship donor and member of the Beaver College of Health Sciences Advisory Council, offered his unique perspective. "Appalachian's top strategic initiative is to create a transformational educational experience for our students. Scholarships are critical in providing that experience by allowing students to spend more time in studying, to work one less job, to travel abroad, and have other educational experiences."
This year's ceremony honored over 80 outstanding students across all departments and programs in the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Congratulations to the 2016-17 scholarship recipients!