Texas A&M University-Kingsville

2010 Scholarship Dinner

2010 Scholarship Dinner

Texas A&M-Kingsville event honors scholarship recipients, donors

November 17, 2010

L to R: Frank Weaver, Crystal Ann Hagen (senior), Emily Sczepanik (senior), Daniel Wilson (junior) and Dr. Donald Patrick. Sczepanik, Wilson and Dr. Patrick were all speakers at the 2010 Donor-Scholar Dinner. Hagen was a Fall 2010 recipient of the Lorena & Wood Patrick Scholarship for which Dr. Patrick is a donor.KINGSVILLE (November 17, 2010) — Texas A&M University-Kingsville celebrated its student scholarship recipients and honored the donors that make it possible at the 3rd annual Conversations with the Future event.

More than 300 people were on hand for the dinner, held November 4 on the A&M-Kingsville campus. Many students had the opportunity to meet and personally thank those who funded their scholarship, engage in scholarly conversation, and have their photo taken together.

“The Conversations with the Future dinner is a great way for the scholars to recognize and thank the donors. They are able to tell their stories of how a generous gift helped to make the pursuit of their dreams a reality,” said Daniel Gaines, assistant director of donor relations & major gifts. “For many of the students, their experience at the university wouldn’t be nearly the same or might not even be possible at all without financial assistance provided through our scholarship programs. These donors are really making a difference in the lives of our students and the future of South Texas and abroad.”

Heather Elsik, executive director of the Office of Alumni & Development, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Texas A&M-Kingsville president Dr. Steven H. Tallant provided opening remarks. A break for dinner and conversation enabled students to learn more about the meaning and people behind their scholarships.

“Many of the scholarships we have are created to honor the memory of someone that was deeply connected to Texas A&M University-Kingsville,” said Paige de Vaudrecourt, coordinator of annual giving programs. “When the scholars attend, they not only get to meet the donors to their scholarship, but also, in many cases, the family members of the person that the scholarship honors. Through our students, their legacy will continue to live on.”

The featured speaker was Dr. Donald Patrick, M.D., J.D., who is a medical advisor for the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Patrick is a 1958 graduate of Texas A&I University and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1984. His lifelong pursuit of higher education led him to a successful neurosurgery career, a law degree, and his current endeavor of completing a graduate degree in musicology.

The program concluded with presentations from two scholarship recipients, Daniel Paul Wilson and Emily Grace Sczepanik. Wilson, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, was awarded the Chas, Lela & Mary Slough Scholarship, the Irene & J. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship, the Removing Educational Barriers Scholarship and the South Texas Higher Education Scholarship.

Sczepanik, a senior in biomedical sciences, is also a recipient of the Chas, Lela & Mary Slough Scholarship and the South Texas Higher Education Scholarship. Both shared their experiences as students and how the scholarships have allowed them to pursue higher education and achieve success.

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