Donors and recipients meet during Scholarship Brunch

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Scholarship donors and their recipients were brought together during TROY’s annual Scholarship Brunch.

Many Troy University students owe part of their academic success to school donors but, sometimes, they never get the chance to meet their donors face-to-face. Saturday’s Fred B. Davis Scholarship Brunch changed that.

“Trying to give the donors a chance to meet their recipients and the recipients an opportunity to thank their donors,” said Director of Annual Giving & Special Projects Development Meredith Welch.

TROY offers over 300 scholarships to students. Each one is made possible by donors in an effort to help students attend college, including those who have crossed oceans in order to get their degree.

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“I’m a recipient for B N Saran Endowed Scholarship that’s specifically for Indian students,” said scholarship recipient Ved Dharkar. “I would like to say thank you so much for this opportunity. It was a big relief for me to receive this as a financial scholarship.”

As TROY encourages students to get college degrees, it also encourages alumni to become donors.

“Churchill said it best,” said Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. “He said you make a living by what you get but you make a life by what you give. It’s through that generosity that we can give and help others achieve at the very highest level. In the end, and at the end of the day, it’s really not about ourselves. It’s about what we do to help change the lives of other people.”

Over 600 donors were recognized during this year’s brunch.

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The scholarship brunch is named after the late Dr. Fred Davis who passed away in 2019. Davis, who once served as TROY’s Chief Academic Officer, was also a professor of English composition and American literature and chair of the English and foreign languages department.

His life is also remembered via the Student Scholar statue that stands in front of Troy University’s library.