CHHS Honors Scholars and Donors

CHHS Scholarship Luncheon Brings Together Students, Donors

On April 1, 2019, the College of Health and Human Services and University Advancement hosted a scholarship and donor appreciation luncheon, bringing together donors and student recipients to celebrate student success. This year, the College awarded more than 80 donor-funded scholarships, fellowships and special awards.

The luncheon gave scholarship recipients and donors the chance to meet each other, and provided students with the opportunity to personally thank many of the people who made their scholarships possible. Donors got to see, firsthand, the kind of impact they've had in the lives of students, and the students had chance to explain how critical the scholarships have been in their educational pursuits. 

The program also featured testimonies from donors and students alike, allowing the perspective of both sides of giving to be heard. Offering the students' perspective was Howard Smith, a public health major in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, and recipient of the Frenkel Foundation scholarship.“With this opportunity, I was able to dedicate more time towards studying for my sciences and volunteering in the community, rather than looking for hourly positions to supplement my education and expenses,” Smith said. “In fact, by the end of this year, I will complete over 200 hours of community service under Kevin Briggs, administrative director of pathology and laboratory services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.”

Speaking from the donors' perspective was George Barnes ’82, who established a nursing scholarship in honor of his late wife, Leonora, who earned her nursing degree from UNCW. “I decided to help others and started the scholarship. She loved being a nurse. It’s always imprinted on my mind – forever.”

Dean Hardy praised students within the College and the donors who support them, saying, “You represent the innovative and exciting future that we, as a university, have dedicated ourselves to reaching. Thank you for your engagement in learning, your active participation in campus leadership roles, and your commitment to making a difference on our campus and in this community. Donors, your gifts to the university are priceless. Your support makes education for these students possible, and allows them to flourish at one of the best universities in the nation.”