Your Name Here Scholarships Reinforce the 'Importance of Giving'
20 Students Recognized for Receiving Financial Award Initiated by Students
May 9, 2013
Robert Touchton, chair of the Board of Trustees and a major donor for the Your Name Here Scholarship fund, chats with two of the scholarship recipients, Jamie Borror and Ray Travis, following the ceremony.
Wilmington College offers all sorts of scholarships, but the so-called Your Name Here Scholarship is the only one that was initiated by students for students. The College recognized the 20 award recipients from the 2012-13 academic year.
Amie Denkenberger, director of the Annual Fund, hosted the ceremony May 2 at which students were recognized for receiving Your Name Here Scholarships based upon an application process that included possessing at least a 2.5 grade point average and writing essays or producing videos displaying how their Wilmington College experience has benefited them.
President Jim Reynolds said the event “celebrates” both the student and the value of philanthropy.
“This scholarship fund has a distinct and important meaning.”
Students working in the Advancement Office provided impetus for establishing the Your Name Here Scholarship in 2008 for which this year some $18,000 was raised for awards disseminated to worthy students.
“The scholarship was designed to teach students the importance of giving back to the College and to understand how valuable their gifts are,” Denkenberger said.
“Every submission we reviewed this year showed great thought, great effort and great love for Wilmington College,” Denkenberger said.
Senior Rhia Batson spoke of her experiences at WC.
“I immersed myself in so many opportunities for personal growth,” she said, noting that, at one time or another over the last four years, she worked as a Student Ambassador in the Admission Office, as well as for the Alumni and Public Relations offices, Psychology Department and Center for Service and Civic Engagement.
Batson was president of Delta Omega Theta sorority her junior and senior years, named to the international Greek honor society Order of Omega, and this spring was selected as Greek Woman of the Year. Also, she was a Peer Mentor and participated in spring break study trips to Italy, Ireland, Paris and London.
“Taking advantage of these opportunities has made a difference in my life,” she said, noting she has felt “safe and at home” at WC since here first visit.
Junior Anna Rutledge spoke of “falling in love” with the campus upon her first visit as a seventh grader, while senior Edmund Besong praised Wilmington College for, “taking me as a little boy and sending me out as a man.”
Fellow 1965 alumni Robert Touchton, chair of the Board of Trustees, and David Robinson, member of the President’s Advisory Council, are regular major contributors to the Your Name Here Scholarship Fund. They participated in the ceremony.
“Wilmington is a unique college,” Touchton said, noting he first arrived at WC as a freshman some 50 years ago. “For every alumnus, there are one, two or three persons they met here that changed their whole outlook on life. That was certainly true for me.
“Giving back to the College is important,” he added. “I’ve found that, as you give to others, that comes back to you many times.”
Fall 2012 Semester recipients were: Edmund Besong $1,500, Jennifer Rineair $1,000, Raymond Travis $1,000, Sara Nave $1,000, Rhia Batson $500, Sarah Allen $500, Elise Bernhard $500, Nathaniel Godby $500, Brianna Knisley $500, Benjamin Vonderhaar $500, Abigael Knapp $500, Melinda Weaver $500, Hannah Rutledge $500, Jamie Borror $500 and Kaitlyn Lentz $500.
Spring 2013 Semester recipients were: Nathaniel Godby $1,500, Melinda Weaver $1,000, Kaitlyn Slack $1,000, Jonell Winger $1,000, Chelsea Simpson $1,000, Jamie Crane $500 and Mikayla Conrad $500.