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.
“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.”
Published May 11, 2022