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Donors and Students Celebrate Scholarships During Annual Luncheon

Vince Sheehy delivers a speech at the 2022 Scholarship Luncheon.

Vince Sheehy delivers a speech at the 2022 Scholarship Luncheon.

Video by Joe O’Neill

Event Highlights the Life-changing and World-changing Power of Scholarships at Dickinson

Dickinson recently brought donors together with the students they support for the Scholarship Luncheon, an annual celebration of the life-changing power of gifts supporting scholarships at the college. In addition to offering donors the chance to connect informally with students during lunch, the event featured a musical performance by students as well as speeches from Board of Trustee member Vince Sheehy '80, who established a scholarship in memory of his father, and Shea Player '22 (chemistry), one of the students that scholarship supports.

The Campaign for Scholarships at Dickinson
Change a Life—Change the World“What has your scholarship meant to me? What has it meant for me?” said Player. “Everything.” Player’s story epitomizes the far-reaching impact of Dickinson’s current Change a Life—Change the World Scholarship Campaign. In her speech, she noted how the scholarship helped her go from facing potential homelessness to graduating this spring with a job conducting liver-transplant research at the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery.

That kind of transformational experience is exactly what is driving Dickinson to provide a scholarship for every student who needs one through the campaign. Launched this fall with a goal of $75 million, the Change a Life—Change the World campaign, which aims to help Dickinson meet the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student, is the most ambitious scholarship and financial-aid fundraising effort in the college’s history.

In his speech, Sheehy summed up the reward donors reap from being a part of the campaign and from seeing first-hand the results of their generosity at events like this. “Mimi [his wife] and I find great personal reward in investing in each of you,” he said. “You’re combining your intellect, your drive, your experience with scholarship resources to build a meaningful Dickinson education that will prepare you to reshape the world around you.”

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Published May 11, 2022