The event allowed the foundation and college to recognize scholarship donors, who also enjoyed the event with the student recipients of their scholarships.
The program included comments by Cedrick Dizala Mukinay, class of ‘17, representing all Georgia Gwinnett College scholarship recipients.
Mukinay is a native of The Democratic Republic of Congo (see related story) and recipient of the Elridge W. McMillan Regents Scholarship. He explained to the attendees that in his country, those who are fortunate do not often help those in need.
“If other people take the example in helping those in need, it will be not only the world that we have changed, but the history, from generations to generations,” said the biology major. “Your gifts will have this impact. Your gifts will help us make the world a better place.”
Donors Tom and Ethel Andersen also spoke about the many reasons they fund the Andersen Family Scholarship, and Marshall Boutwell spoke about the new scholarship he and his wife, Lee, had decided to endow (see related story).
“We now have 11 donor-supported or -endowed scholarships at GGC,” said Lori Buckheister, associate vice president for Development. “As a young college, our need for scholarship support is great, and we are very appreciative of the investment our donors have made in the college’s mission and vision and most importantly, in its students.”
To all the donors here tonight, I would like to assure you that your kindness will have a lifelong impact on each of us. What you are doing by generously providing funds for scholarships will remain an unforgettable act of charity. This will encourage me and the other recipients to also help those in need when we are in a position to do so.
Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and I add that, “Helping people achieve their education is using that powerful weapon effectively.”
If other people take the example in helping those in need, it will be not only the world that we have changed, but the history, from generations to generations. Your gifts will have this impact. Your gifts will help us make the world a better place.
Excerpted from remarks by Cedrick Mukinay, ‘17, at the 2015 GGC Foundation Scholarship Reception