Posted on: Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Annually, Emory & Henry holds a luncheon that honors friends of the College who represent endowed funds that offer support to students. The Benefactors Luncheon will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, and each year the event is an opportunity for those who donate to students to meet students who benefit from scholarships and endowed funds.
In the best case scenario, students are paired with a representative from the fund that supplements their financial aid. In any case, students and donors are given time to get to know each other. The event has often featured student speakers who talk of what the financial assistance has meant to his or her family. And some years there has been a video of a variety of students saying, “Thank You” to the assembled crowd.
This year, the luncheon was moved to Ampersand Day. This was intended to give benefactors the opportunity to see students making presentations about their academic work. Some of the fund representatives came early in the day to hear presentations, and many stayed after lunch for the student showcase.
Scott Sikes (E&H ’99) attends the luncheon regularly to help his family represent the Anthony Yost Scholarship Fund. After attending the luncheon and the student showcase, he said, “I have never been prouder of E&H than today! Everything was so well-done and the students were incredible.”
There was also a special ceremony at the luncheon this year. Following a tradition started by former E&H President Rosalind Reichard, the College now offers donors the opportunity for a signing ceremony after an endowed fund is established. The Thomas family had their signing ceremony during the Benefactors Luncheon. Ed (E&H ’53) and June Thomas drove from Irmo, S.C., to be part of the Benefactors Luncheon, and to formally create the Thomas Family Endowed Scholarship. The fund will support needy and worthy students, and it will honor Ed and his two brothers, Frank Thomas and Dr. William Thomas – all three of whom graduated from Emory & Henry.
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George Whitley (E&H '77) represents the Claude Branque Scholarship. George attended the Ampersand Day Student Showcase that followed the luncheon, and is seen here speaking with McKinley Hughes about her academic presentation.
Reba Dowdy Burkett (E&H '68) arrived early on Ampersand Day so she could go to a student art presentation at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts.
President Jake Schrum joins Ed and June Thomas to officially sign the Thomas Family Endowed Scholarship into life.
Ginny Rowland Barker (E&H '59) arrived early in order to attend the academic presentation made by student Jake Hess who is the recipient of the George and Virginia Rowland Barker Scholarship.