During the 2011-12 academic year 187 BRCC students benefited from $227,991 in scholarship awards. Scholarship recipients were given the opportunity to meet the donors who helped make their education possible at the annual scholarship luncheon held on April 13th. In this challenging economy, scholarships are more important than ever, and help people reach their educational goals.
Student speaker Brooke Bailey expressed her feelings in a memorable and compelling manner:
“Receiving a scholarship has changed my educational experience, as well as my life. I have also been talking with other students who received scholarships, and they all want the donors to know that we appreciate their help and support, and that this inspires us to give back to our community as we are able.”
Brooke received the Massanutten Lions Club James Martin Memorial Scholarship. She conveyed her heartfelt thanks, and spoke on behalf of all BRCC scholarship recipients:
“I know I can say on behalf of all students in this room, we thank you for your overwhelming financial support. Without your selfless sacrifices some of us wouldn’t even be here and would have had to abandon our dreams on the side of the road. For some of us, the only way that we can continue our education is if we have people like you that are willing to donate in faith that we will be able to achieve our goals by succeeding in college. We all want a better life than we have now, and for us, receiving an education is how we can start that process. So, once again, thank you for your generosity and sacrifice.”