BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Nearly 200 scholarship benefactors and their student recipients
came together Oct. 8 on the Illinois Wesleyan campus to celebrate the establishment
of 24 new named scholarships, at the 19th annual Scholarship Benefactors Dinner.
The event brings together, often for the first time, named scholarship recipients
and their donors. Nearly 400 students benefit from named scholarships, which are typically
directed to students with high financial need. Named scholarships along with other
financial support from alumni and friends enable Illinois Wesleyan to provide more
than $36 million in financial aid each year to more than nine in 10 Wesleyan students.
“Thank you donors (and especially mine) for believing in this awesome institution,
its faculty, and staff,” said Ashley Spain, a senior first-generation elementary education
major from Chicago’s West Side, who spoke on behalf of student recipients. “Thank
you for believing that it is better to give than receive. Thank you for giving the
gift of opportunity to so many deserving students.”
When retiring president Dick Wilson took the podium, he remarked: “I have been asked
frequently in recent weeks what I will miss most about serving as President of Illinois
Wesleyan. This night and this event are on that list. Over the course of the academic
year, I derive no greater satisfaction than occurs on this occasion when we bring
together talented and grateful students with loyal and generous alumni and friends.”
The tradition of naming scholarships at Illinois Wesleyan dates back to 1893 when
the Board of Trustees chose to honor those contributing $1,000 or more. In 1895 the
first named scholarships were designated honoring William W. Anderson of Taylorville
and Martha Elzina Cameron of Greenville.
To learn more about the named scholarship program, contact the Advancement Office
1-800-689-9743 or email@example.com.