On April 3rd, over 70 scholarship benefactors and their recipients joined together at the Washington Golf & Country Club to attend Marymount’s annual Scholarship Luncheon. The event gives Marymount scholars an opportunity to meet the individuals who have helped make their Marymount experience possible and thank them for their generosity.
William Dillon, a senior Criminal Justice major, and Angela White, a senior Communications major, were two of the speakers at the event. Angela is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a recipient of the Hiring Our Heroes Scholarship. She said, “I feel so blessed to be a part of the Marymount community and have the support of such loving and giving people. On behalf of all the scholarship recipients, I would like to extend my gratitude. It is because of people like you that we as students are able to make it through. You have given us the opportunity to look back on this journey and say that we did it, and be proud to say that we did not do it alone.”
William Dillon, the inaugural recipient of the Lt. Gen. Elmer Rogers & Lt. Col. Wilma Hague Scholarship, is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. After five years of active duty and three tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, William began searching for a University that was right for him. After seeing an ad describing Marymount as a military friendly school, William applied and was accepted. At the luncheon William said, “Ten years ago today I didn’t know if I was going to graduate high school. Seven years ago today I was in Iraq, living day-day, with no intentions of ever obtaining a Bachelors degree. Today, I stand in front of you, graduating in May with honors. I have given everything I can to Marymount University hoping to give back a taste of everything they have given to me. I couldn’t have gotten this far without the support of my friends, family, Marymount faculty and staff, and the wonderful scholarships I have received. I look forward to the next chapter in my life, knowing nothing I will accomplish would have ever been possible without the support of Marymount University.”
These are just some of the stories from our scholarship recipients and examples of how their lives have been touched through the generosity of Marymount donors.