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The College of Health and Human Sciences annual Scholarship and Alumni Awards Dinner is a chance to bring together student recipients and their donors to meet for a celebration of gratitude.
The college recognized the 2019 recipients and donors on Nov. 6 at the Lory Student Center. This year, the college awarded 267 scholarships totaling more than $567,000.
For scholarship recipients, the awards mean having the chance to pursue their degree without as much worry about the cost of college. It is also a chance for them to thank scholarship donors whose generous contributions help students achieve their dreams.
Finding her passion
Tea Feliciano is a senior majoring in human development and family studies with a concentration in prevention and intervention science. Feliciano spoke at the event about her gratitude for receiving the Florence R. Shepardson Memorial Scholarship.
Feliciano’s journey to find HDFS came after a service trip to Tijuana, Mexico. At the time, she had a fellowship in the ecosystem science and sustainability major, which paid for her tuition. After her trip in which she had the opportunity to work one-on-one with people who ran foster homes, orphanages, and food banks, Feliciano decided to make a leap of faith and change her major to HDFS. But doing so cost her the fellowship, which was supporting her studies at CSU.
“I realized my passions did not lie within ecosystem sciences, but rather in family,” said Feliciano.
Suddenly, paying for school became her primary concern, and scholarships have helped cover her tuition.
“I have been given a renewed opportunity to follow my passions without having to sacrifice my studies or school involvement. Because of donors like all of you, hundreds of students are able to follow their dreams and pursue their passions,” said Feliciano who was able to accept an invitation to serve in the Peace Corps next year in Sierra Leone.
Assisting future teachers
Will Joyce is the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Laurie F. Michaels Scholarship in Education and spoke at the event as well. Joyce is majoring in history along with taking courses in the Center for Educator Preparation in the School of Education to earn his teacher licensure. The scholarship is awarded to future teachers entering their final semester in the teacher licensure program at CSU and for Joyce, receiving this scholarship alleviates financial burdens while student teaching.
“Student teachers work full-time teacher hours, Monday – Friday,” said Joyce. “As a result of this, most student teachers are forced to significantly cut back their preexisting work hours or are limited in the work in which they can find. In many cases, student teachers are forced to move back in with parents just to make the process feasible.”
“Thanks to this scholarship, I can spend more time thinking about what lesson I am going to plan rather than how I am going to afford a couple packs of ramen noodles for dinner. I am so honored and so privileged to have been chosen as a recipient of the Dr. Laurie F. Michaels Scholarship in Education,” said Joyce.
For more photos from the Scholarship and Alumni Awards Dinner, please see the College’s flickr site.
Words of inspiration from Dean Youngblade
Lise Youngblade, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, spoke at the event both thanking donors and congratulating the student recipients for this recognition of their hard work and dedication.
“I hope you also know how much this represents our belief in you, our confidence that you are going to make a difference, and our donors’ commitment to assisting you on your journey,” said Youngblade addressing the student recipients. “I hope you feel proud, supported and inspired. I hope you feel grateful – grateful to the donors here today, and to those who are no longer with us, who opened up their hearts to help fund your education here at CSU – because without even knowing you, they believed in the promise of you.”
Alumni award recipients
The scholarship dinner is also an opportunity recognize the College’s recipients of the Emerging Leader Alumni Award and the Outstanding Alumni Award.
Chris Lierheimer is the 2019 recipient of the Emerging Leader Alumnus Award. Lierheimer graduated from CSU in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in construction management.
Holly Hunts is one of two 2019 recipients of the Outstanding Alumna Award. Hunts graduated from CSU in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in vocational home economics education.
Peggy Walsh is also the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award. Walsh graduated from CSU in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science, also earning a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition in 2008.
Congratulations to all of our scholarship and alumni award winners!