2016 Scholarship Donor Appreciation Tea

2016 Scholarship Donor Appreciation Tea


[MUSIC PLAYING] This particular event is a
really special one for us. And so for those
of you who are back for the however many
times and those of you who are joining us, welcome. This is one of our
favorite events. It is inspiring to everyone
to see the synergy that occurs when you bring
together the students who are so appreciative of having
received money to help them go to school and the people who,
in fact, donated the money, when they could put a face
to a name and a personality to a name. It’s always nice to
meet them and find out what their goals are, what
they’re planning on doing. It’s great to be a part of that. I’m Eric Smith. I received a scholarship from
Robert and Jeanette Barnes. That scholarship support has
been incredibly important from them. Besides just helping me to
be able to go to college, it’s helped me to avoid debt. It’s allowed me to
pursue volunteer and work opportunities that I wouldn’t
have been able to otherwise, because I would have had to have
been pressured to getting jobs that maybe paid more,
but didn’t really pertain as much to my field
or help me to gain more beneficial experience. Well, we know nationally,
and then we’re also seeing on campuses, that
up to 40% of our students literally don’t
have enough to eat. So to be able to say that
there are very practical needs. Last semester alone I would
say we had at least 10% to 20% of our students coming to
us saying that they would no longer be able to
continue in the program if they didn’t receive
some kind of support. I have to say, in all
honesty, that I made it through my program here at
the University of Arizona College of Nursing because
of the generosity of those who donated. So it’s my obligation
to pay it forward. And that’s why we want to help
other students get through during one of the hardest things
financially they’ll endure. And we hate to see good
talent and brilliance get lost because of a lack of money. So we wanted to help
anyway we could. The cost of tuition
has just skyrocketed. And any support that we can
receive from philanthropy will help those students
ease into the workforce much more easily. It also will hope keep our
best and brightest here. We’re losing some of these great
folks to other institutions because they have more
philanthropic dollars to award to students who are
really deserving and may be the best of
the best of the best. You want to keep the best
of the best in Arizona so the University of
Arizona and Arizona continues to be the
thriving institution it is. Whether you’re in Douglas,
Arizona, in Flagstaff in Phoenix, in
Tucson, we’re the place that’s going to make
the health better. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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