Where Scholarship Means Relationship
How often do scholarship recipients get to thank the benefactors who have helped them in their quest to learn and achieve? How often do donors get to meet those students and encourage them face to face?
Trinity’s annual Scholarship Dinner gives students and donors that opportunity. This year more than 150 students gathered to fellowship with the people who have provided funding for their education through endowments or special scholarships outside of those already offered by the College.
But the dinner isn’t the only contact benefactors have with recipients. Students will often receive notes of encouragement, cards, gifts, and—most important—prayers, throughout the school year.
Ashley Winters ’10 of Homewood, Illinois, is a recipient of the Norman Ozinga Nursing Scholarship, and has enjoyed her relationship with benefactor Hilda Ozinga of Palos Heights, Illinois. Winters said she greatly appreciates the special occasion gifts she receives, as well as the “goodie” basket at the beginning of the school year.
“It is an experience like no other,” said Winters. “I can see that this person cares about my well-being. When I face challenges in my studies, I know she is praying for me.
“The dinner is a chance for me to thank her face-to-face,” Winters continued, “not just for the scholarship, but for caring about me.”
The Sun Valley Scholarship was offered for the first time this year to students from Sun Valley, California. The scholarship is funded by James and Mary Lou Hooyenga of Sun Valley. The community, which has a largely Hispanic population, is located in the northern part of Los Angeles. Through this scholarship, the Hooyenga’s hope to spread the love of Christ by meeting the needs of people who may be disenfranchised.
For a complete list of scholarships, supporters, and recipients, click here. For more information about scholarships, call the Development office at 708.239.4806.
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