Celebrating Scholarships In just one sentence, Thomas Pasternak BSP ’68 described why scholarship funding is important: “Students need more scholarship awards than ever.” Speaking at the Scholarship Recognition Dinner before recipients, donors, faculty, and administrators, Mr. Pasternak explained, “I believe that the promotion of charitable giving to scholarship funds aligns with the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of each and every one of us … To those who can afford to give, give from the bottom of your heart; to those who receive, when able, give back.” During academic year 2014–2015, MCPHS University distributed more than $360,000 in donor-funded scholarship awards to 305 students. Scholarship award winner Thuy (Tess) Stonecypher PharmD ’15 noted, “The feeling of relief. The feeling of not being alone. The feeling of knowing that there were people who support
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my academic endeavors. The feeling of pride in my achievements.” Relief, pride, support, and security are powerful emotions. President Charles F. Monahan Jr. BSP ’62 pointed to another benefit. “Scholarship awards inspire awardees. Just ask any student who is with us tonight.” With 17 scholarship award funds represented by 20 donors and donor representatives, and more than 160 award recipients in attendance, student motivation to succeed reached a lofty peak. One student commented, “This scholarship has given me a sense of belonging and a reason to work harder.” Indeed, many award winners pointed to the impact that scholarship awards have upon a drive to succeed and a commitment to give back. “I can assure you that with my hard work, one day, I will be able to give back to students in need, as I am now,” reflected one thankful student.
1. Stephanie Oliveira BSN ’15 and Kailee David BSDMS ’15 2. Thomas Pasternak BSP ’68 3. Judith P. Ronshagen BSP ’70 (center) with Boston/Worcester Scholarship Golf Tournament Scholarship award winners