Kennesaw State‚ student scholarship recipients‚ thank benefactors for support

Kennesaw State University students received the chance Thursday to personally thank benefactors of…

Georgia (Oct 25, 2007) — Kennesaw State‚ student scholarship recipients‚ thank benefactors for support

Jeremy Craig

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 25‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University students received the chance Thursday to personally thank benefactors of university scholarships‚ which have allowed many students to pursue their dreams.

A scholarship recipient and donor recognition luncheon held at KSU Center honored the generous support of hundreds of exceptional KSU students.

“For you who are the donors‚ the good that you have done will go on for years after the recipient gets his or her scholarship‚ graduates and enters the workforce‚” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp.

In both the audience and at the podium‚ there were many stories of how financial support is helping students achieve their dreams.

Terry M. Hoeye‚ a sophomore who was named both a James T. Anderson III Memorial Scholar and a Brian Miller Memorial Scholar‚ spoke of the difficulties he faced after his father — and sole caretaker — died while he was months away from his high school graduation.

After moving to Georgia with his brother and sister−in−law‚ he enrolled at Kennesaw State and received financial support‚ which has allowed him to become involved in campus life. He also was able to study abroad in China.

“After I graduate‚ I will give back to the community and reciprocate these kind acts that have been shown to me‚” said Hoeye‚ a business major who anticipates graduating in 2010.

Kristin L. Harbaugh‚ a student in the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree program‚ also hopes to give back to her community‚ but in a different way — she anticipates pursing a master’s degree in public health at the University of Alabama after graduating from KSU in 2008.

Her program is designed for students who have a previous baccalaureate degree in a different field to enter nursing. Harbaugh‚ who graduated from KSU in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in communication‚ found that college costs added up.

And because the accelerated B.S.N. program is for those who already have a bachelor’s degree‚ Harbaugh was not eligible for the HOPE Scholarship or federal Pell Grants. With the program requiring a full−time commitment‚ she received needed aid through the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarship.

After quoting Albert Schweitzer‚ who said that “success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success‚” Harbaugh thanked the foundation for their support.

“I have finally found my ‘key‚’ and I am grateful to the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation for helping use that key to open the door to my future‚” she said.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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