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LIFECHANGING LEGACIES March 12 scholarship dinner held in Elon’s new Lakeside Dining Hall gave many Elon students an opportunity to take part in the simple but important act of saying “thank you.” More than 250 guests attended the dinner, where donors and students exchanged stories about Elon and celebrated the impact of philanthropy at the university. The biennial dinner recognizes donors who have established need- or merit-based scholarships, helping the university attract gifted students with exceptional talent, athletic ability or financial need. The theme of the scholarship dinner, “Life-Changing Legacies,” detailed the story of three generations of philanthropy at Elon and featured remarks from Igor Pavlov ’94, an Elon graduate


who felt the impact of philanthropy as a student. Pavlov shared the role Elon Life Trustee Warren “Dusty” Rhodes and wife Peggy had in his education at Elon. As an international student from St. Petersburg, Russia, Pavlov came to Elon with very few resources. He met and grew close to Dusty and Peggy, longtime Elon supporters for whom Rhodes Football Stadium is named. They quickly adopted him into their family and offered much-needed support and resources. With their help, Pavlov went on to earn an MBA from Duke University. In honor of the Rhodes’ generosity, Pavlov and his wife, Mia, created the Pavlov Endowed Scholarship in 2007, offering access to an Elon education for the next generation of international students. The scholarship is currently held

{ l-r: Mason Sklut ‘14, Haley Sklut, Lori Sklut, Eric Sklut and Blair Sklut at the opening of the Sklut Hillel Center. }

by Toorialey Fazly ’14, an international studies major from Afghanistan well known at Elon for his campus involvement. Fazly, who is participating in Elon’s study abroad program at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, thanked the Pavlovs for their generosity via video message. “The assistance you have provided me at Elon has changed my life,” he said. ”It has changed the life of my family, and it will change the life of our community when I go back. Words cannot express our thankfulness.”

“I will use my education at Elon to make an impact and pay forward the generosity that has been extended to me time and time again, from those who tirelessly invest in and willingly support my journey.” – Grant Woody ’13, scholarship recipient

Photo by Bruce Boehm

Many scholarship recipients who attended the dinner echoed Fazly’s message of gratitude. “I am lucky to have been given the opportunity of being a student here at Elon University,” said sophomore Sandra Flores, recipient of the Honorable J. Fred Bowman ’51 Scholarship and the J.R. and Mary Simmons Stogsdill Scholarship. “My scholarships have allowed me to pursue different activities, like taking a service trip to Honduras and participating in Study USA courses in Washington, D.C., and Kentucky,” she said, adding she plans to become a social worker or police officer after graduation.

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The Magazine of Elon, Spring 2013  

The Magazine of Elon, Spring 2013

The Magazine of Elon, Spring 2013  

The Magazine of Elon, Spring 2013