Senior class provides scholarship to incoming first-year student
The class of 2008 has raised more than $20,000 toward its $25,000 goal to support the Senior Challenge scholarship fund. More than 64 percent of class members have participated in the program, which was established by members of the class of 1990 at their graduation as an expression of gratitude for their Transylvania education. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming student with financial need and high potential and is renewable for four years.
“Senior Challenge gives us the chance to make a significant impact on someone’s life,” said senior Mary Awoniyi, committee co-chair. “Transy has done so much for us, the least we can do is help provide that opportunity to someone else who might otherwise not be able to come here.”
The Senior Challenge committee chose Amber Barth of Fort Thomas, Ky., as the 2008 scholarship recipient. She plans to pursue a pre-pharmacy curriculum, play soccer, and volunteer in the community.
“Amber really impressed us,” said Awoniyi. “We’re confident she will make many positive contributions to the campus community.”
Senior Chris Fotopulos received the Senior Challenge scholarship when he entered Transylvania in 2004. Looking back, he said the scholarship was the deciding factor in his choosing Transy over a large, public college.
“Being at a smaller institution has allowed me many opportunities,” he said. “I never thought I would be able to do some of the amazing things that I’ve experienced throughout college. The fact that the senior class takes the initiative to provide the scholarship shows the caliber of students at Transy.”
Fotopulos, an exercise science major, completed an internship at a physical therapy clinic during May term 2008 and is teaching in Busan, South Korea, through Footprints Recruiting, the world’s largest provider of English as a second language teachers. He also studied in Australia during his junior year.
“A lot of my friends from other schools don’t understand the importance of a liberal arts education, but I’ve already begun to see the type of person it has molded me into, and for that I am thankful,” he said. “I hope to be able to help other incoming students down the road who deserve to come to Transy.”