Melanie Scopa ’03 (from left), development officer, Erin Honea, development coordinator, and Nancy Goodwin, development information services officer, display the goal chart for the Reinhardt Family Campaign Scholarship. “This new award, completely funded by contributions made by faculty and staff, is given to Reinhardt students who embody what it means to be a part of the Reinhardt family and who have a financial need,” said Scopa. The RFC Scholarship provided more than $13,000 in scholarships for ten students.
Students, faculty and staff are like family at Reinhardt College. The support of students by faculty and staff extends beyond just the classroom or administrative office; It carries over into encouragement for the College’s students to continue in the endeavor to receive a Reinhardt education by assistance through the Reinhardt Family Campaign (RFC) Scholarship.
"This new award, completely funded by contributions made by faculty and staff, is given to Reinhardt students who embody what it means to be a part of the Reinhardt family and who have a financial need," said Melanie Scopa ’03, development officer. “It is designed to provide a means for students who contribute to our community, through both their academic and extracurricular activities, to continue their education at Reinhardt College."
Scholarships for Ten Students
The RFC Scholarship provided more than $13,000 in scholarships for 10 students. Scholarship recipients include Alexandria Osinbowale, a freshman from Kennesaw, Ga.; Ashley Peterson, a freshman from Smyrna, Ga.; Donterius Sutton, a freshman from Austell, Ga.; Jeanette Smoller, a sophomore from Lilburn, Ga.; Cailan Sumner, a sophomore from Summerville, Ga.; Kordel Alexander, a sophomore from Pensacola, Fla.; Shannon Wingate, a freshman from Lawrenceville, Ga.; Christina Kurhanewicz, a sophomore from Buford, Ga.; Tabatha Reece, a freshman from Dalton, Ga.; and Whitney Chadwick, a freshman from Waleska, Ga.
The RFC Scholarship was created to give faculty and staff a greater sense of involvement with their donations and to be able to see the actual results of their generosity – students benefiting from the scholarship.
Making a Difference In Students' Lives
"People are more apt to give when they feel that they can make a difference," explained Scopa. "We took the scholarship program even further by allowing those same faculty and staff the ability to nominate recipients of the scholarship. We believed that this involvement would help each person feel as though they made a difference in the lives of our students, no matter what the size of their gift."
The scholarship program is not the only option for faculty and staff to contribute to in the Reinhardt Family Campaign; Donations can also be made to various areas on campus depending on how the donor restricts their gift.
"I'm especially proud of this scholarship and the success of the overall campaign this year," said Scopa. "As a Reinhardt alumna myself, I was completely confident in the faculty and staff's desire to help students because I witnessed it firsthand for four years. I knew that if they were offered the opportunity to help students with financial need, they would do so willingly and in a big way. I'm proud to have been a part of not only the successful campaign, but the difference that it will make for the students who received the awards."
Establishing a Tradition of Giving
"The creation of this scholarship and the contributions made show how much faculty and staff believe in the mission of Reinhardt College and in the success of the College’s students," said Seth Tuttle, director of development. "We have established a tradition of giving at Reinhardt and can continue this scholarship for years to come."
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