Meeting with Meaning: Donors Greet ‘Their’ Scholars

Posted: April 12, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: April 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm

By Corey Schaut

More than 100 guests celebrated scholarship giving at a special reception held at Mason on March 31. The annual reception provided an opportunity for donors to meet the students who benefit from their gifts and for students to thank donors for their generosity.

One student, nursing major Augusto Paredes-Ubillus, spoke to guests about receiving the Bette Burch Scholarship Endowment within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). Paredes-Ubillus told the crowd that his first purchase with his scholarship funds was a stethoscope, an essential tool for his degree program. He credits the scholarship with putting him closer to his goal of becoming a community health nurse.

Among the donors were Mason President Alan Merten and his wife, Sally. The Mertens endowed the Eric G. and Melissa H. Merten Endowed Scholarship for CHHS students, which nursing student Mouftaou Meatchi received this academic year.

During the event, Ted Arnn, BS Law Enforcement ’93 and president of the Alumni Association, and Tennille Parker, BA Government and Politics ’97 and president-elect, presented four students with 2010 Alumni Association Scholarship Awards. Recipients were

  • Lindsey Smith, graphic design major (expected graduation 2011) for the Peter C. Forame Student Leadership Scholarship;
  • Mirella Saldaña-Moreno, global affairs major (expected graduation 2013) for the Wood Undergraduate Scholarship;
  • Krystin Schleh, master’s in education program (expected graduation 2011) for the Wood Graduate Scholarship; and
  • Abby Byrom, music major with concentration in music education (expected graduation 2011) for the George Mason University Alumni Association Service Scholarship Award.
Wood Graduate Scholarship recipient Kristin Schleh. Photo by Laura Sikes

Wood Graduate Scholarship recipient Krystin Schleh with Tenille Parker and Ted Arnn. Photo by Laura Sikes

Bette Burch, BSN ’80, poses with 2009-10 scholarship recipient Augusto Paredes-Ubillus, who received funds from an endowment Burch created, and CHHS Dean Shirley Travis, right. Photo by Laura Sikes

Alumni Association Service Scholarship recipient Abby Byrom with Parker and Arnn. Photo by Laura Sikes

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