Students Get an Opportunity to Thank Donors for Their Support
At the 2017 Owens Campus Scholarship Luncheon, five Delaware Tech students had the opportunity to thank donors directly for establishing scholarships and helping students succeed in the classroom and in life.
The student speakers were: Caitlin Chaney, communications; Miles Weber, electronics engineering; Brianna Bryfogle, elementary education; Lesley Hitchens, nursing; and Fernando Natareno, production agriculture.
Each student shared exactly what being a scholarship recipient meant to them, and how it impacted their ability to balance their education and their life outside of Delaware Tech.
“When I got here I didn’t have a clear path,” Chaney said. “I would’ve never been able to take the time to figure everything out without the support of my donors and the rest of the people here at Delaware Tech.”
Weber shared his personal struggles from dropping out of school at 16, to being clean and sober since 2008. Through the support he has received from Delaware Tech and donors, he now has the chance to prove to everyone who thought he would amount to nothing that they were wrong.
“I’m so excited to see where my future is going to lead,” Weber said.
Scholarships allowed Bryfogle to take advantage of activities offered by the College. She is a student-athlete, competing with the cross country team, and is going to England in the spring as part of the Study Abroad program.
“I’m here today because of the generosity of those who have donated scholarships to students,” Bryfogle said. “The scholarships have had a huge impact on me and the others who have received them. So thank you.”
Hitchens, a mother of three boys, also shared a deeply personal story. Her passion for becoming a nurse grew from spending countless hours at Nemours/A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital with her son.
“We all have lives outside of Delaware Tech, and Delaware Tech allows us to attend college while we live those lives,” Hitchens said. “I hope you are all proud that you chose my name off the list [of potential scholarship recipients].”
Natareno had to drop out of school in 2009 to work full time. But when he was passed over for a promotion, he realized he needed to set his sights on a higher level of education so he would never be passed over again. He is now attending Delaware Tech with his wife so they can achieve their dream together.
“One day we will fill your shoes and sit next to the students we are helping to achieve their goals,” Natareno said.
A donor’s support can make the biggest difference at Delaware Tech. Donors can establish current-use or an endowed scholarship to assist students in Sussex County. Current-use scholarships of $500 or $1,000 can be provided to students each semester. Scholarship Endowments can be created with a minimum of $20,000 and can be named after a loved one, a family, a business, or an organization.
Individuals can also contribute to a variety of already established scholarship funds.
For more information, visit www.dtcc.edu/giving.
To talk about your scholarship options, contact Jason Bentley, director of development, at 302-259-6024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO: 2017 Owens Campus Scholarship Luncheon student speakers pose with Vice President and Owens Campus Director Dr. Bobbi Barends. From left, Fernando Natareno, production agriculture student; Brianna Bryfogle, elementary education student; Lesley Hitchens, nursing student; Dr. Barends; Caitlin Chaney, communications student; and Miles Weber, electronics engineering student.