Reinhardt Family Campaign Scholarship recipients give a big "Thank You" to the faculty and staff of Reinhardt College! In the second year since its inception, the RFC Scholarship was awarded to eight students and provided more than $16,000 in scholarships. Pictured are (from left): King Burns, a freshman from Jonesboro, Ga.; Shana Garrett, a sophomore from Dahlonega, Ga.; Melanie Scopa '03, Reinhardt's development officer; Leila McKinley, a sophomore from Marietta, Ga.; and Ryan Wauford, a sophomore from Canton, Ga.
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.
"As an alumna, I feel honored, not only to be a member of the Reinhardt community as the development officer, but to be a part of the Reinhardt Family Campaign," said Melanie Scopa '03, development officer. "This award, which is 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. 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."
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.
"I feel as though it says a lot about Reinhardt and our mission and values that faculty and staff are willing and able to contribute so generously, especially during the current economic circumstances, in order to assist the students here. We feel very fortunate to have seen an increase in donations, participation and in student applications."
In the second year since its inception, the RFC Scholarship was awarded to eight students and provided more than $16,000 in scholarships, which was an increase of 16 percent from last year's total. Scholarship recipients include: Travis Strickland, a freshman from Winston, Ga.; Anthony Almeter, a senior from Dearing, Ga.; Jamesia Echols, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga.; Leila McKinley, a sophomore from Marietta Ga.; King Aaron Burns, a freshman from Jonesboro, Ga.; Shannon Wingate, a sophomore from Athens, Ga.; Shana Garrett, a sophomore from Dahlonega, Ga.; and Ryan Wauford, a sophomore from Canton, Ga.
Making a Difference for Students
"People are more apt to give when they feel that they can make a difference," explained Scopa. "The scholarship program even allows those same faculty and staff the ability to nominate recipients of the scholarship. We believe that this involvement will help each person see how they have made a difference in the lives of our students, no matter what the size of their gift.
"I'm especially proud of the success of the scholarship and 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'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."
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