2014 Annual Scholarship Luncheon
By Hannah Oros '14
Muhlenberg’s Scholarship Luncheon, which took place on February 1, provides the unique opportunity for scholarship donors and students to come together over lunch. The Scholarship Luncheon is a highly personal experience where the donors and the students swap stories about Muhlenberg and students share how Muhlenberg has furthered their passions, whether they're focusing more on academics, campus events or community service. The event gives scholarship donors the chance to see how rewarding it is to pay it forward and provides students the chance to meet their very generous benefactors. Contributing money in the form of a scholarship isn’t just money being transferred from bank accounts; it’s brightening the future of students and donors were able to see how their students were able to grow and succeed at Muhlenberg.
During the Luncheon, President Helm quizzed donors on the latest scholarship and financial aid statistics and remarked, “The demand for financial aid is growing, and each year, Muhlenberg runs out of scholarship and grant duns before the College runs out of students in need. As the affordability gap widens, Muhlenberg College’s commitment to providing scholarships and financial aid only gets stronger.”
The Muhlenberg Match Scholarship Challenge has set aside $10 million to match 1:1 any new endowed scholarships from $25,000 to $250,000. As part of the match program, there were 22 new scholarships created as well as eight already-established scholarships whose donors made additional commitments.
The student speaker at the Scholarship Luncheon was Tatiana Patterson ’15, a psychology major and Africana studies minor from Paterson, N.J. Tatiana explained why financial aid is so important to her, “All in all, I love this place. Muhlenberg has been my home for three years. It has helped me make sense of my past. It has helped me to be content with my present and it is definitely helping me prepare for my bright future like many of us in this room. We would be hard-pressed to achieve as much as we have without you all. So thank you.”
Scholarship donor Trina Poretta ’92 also said, “It’s very inspirational to see other people who have the same goals as you do, to pay it forward, to give back, to be a part of continuing the Muhlenberg community.”
Muhlenberg is extremely grateful to all financial aid donors for the difference they make. The College is currently offering a matching program for gifts to endow scholarships. For more information, visit www.muhlenbergconnect.com/muhlenbergmatch.