“Great Potential with the Intention to Use it.”
Duke University hosted the 27th Annual Scholarship Recognition Evening, on May 15, 2012, honoring Trinity and Four-County scholarship donors and scholarship recipients. The night, at the historic O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro, is one of families and scholarship; recognizing families who have students with great intellect and potential, and simultaneously recognizing donor families who are providing support to help those students realize their full potential with a Duke education.
The evening provides graduating seniors and their proud families with the opportunity to enjoy dinner with their respective donor families. In addition to expressing their gratitude to parents and donors, the seniors also take a moment to welcome the incoming high school students who were recently selected to receive the prestigious Trinity Scholarship Awards.
Noelle Kelly, Ross Taggart and Nancy Yang each shared highlights from their four years at Duke. The students gave joyful and tearful good-byes. Sterly Wilder (T’83) gave the welcome and introduction to a full banquet room of current Trinity Scholars, alums, donors, family, friends and Duke administration. Wilder also read a tribute to George D. Beischer (T’63). Trinity Scholars Faculty Director Michael Gustafson recognized the donors and new scholars. New scholars for the class of 2016 are: Camille Robbins, Christopher Lee, Elijah “Eli” Williams and Mousa Alshanteer. Read more about the new scholars.
Special remarks were delivered by Christoph Guttentag, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, who told dinner guests what special quality Trinity Scholars must possess. Guttentag said, “Trinity Scholars are students with great potential and who have the intention to use that potential.”
The evening closed with Carole LeVine (T’86), Director of Alumni Admissions, introducing the 2012 graduates for their farewell speeches. The reception and dinner made for a lovely way to celebrate the outgoing seniors and usher in the students who have received an enthusiastic welcome from donors, fellow Trinity Scholars and the Duke community.