An Opportunity to Say “Thank You”

Image taken at the Scholarship LuncheonScholarships really do change lives. This adage was brought to life on the Health Sciences Campus Pappas Quad when students and their supporters gathered for the Scholarship Luncheon on March 12.

The event celebrates the generous donors who provide scholarships that support students at the School, and included remarks from Dean R. Pete Vanderveen and scholarship recipients. Additionally, it offers a rare opportunity for students to thank their donors in person.

“There’s no greater gift than believing in someone so much that you support them and make it possible for them to pursue their education and their dreams,” said Dean Vanderveen. “You donors do just that at a pivotal time in a young person’s life. You change lives.”

Attesting to that premise were three student speakers, whose comments of gratitude were made on behalf of all the school’s scholarship recipients. Student speakers included Daniel Kudryashov, Derek Kuwahara and Victoria Schells.

“The scholarship I received came at a time when I was having some financial difficulties,” said Daniel Kudryashov. “I just want to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of you for your support to students like me. Your contributions have touched my life in a very positive way, and I am sure the lives of so many other students.”

Dean Vanderveen announced that the School added eighteen new scholarships this year for a total of $1,758,000. “This support allows our students to participate in professional activities nationwide and to do a tremendous amount of community outreach right here in our community,” he said.

The event was attended by 126 students and donors who were entertained by the Bravo High School Latin Jazz Band.

In closing, Dean Vanderveen encouraged the students to be sure to follow in the footsteps of their donors by being the scholarship donors of tomorrow. And to the donors, he said, “You do this with a generous heart, a Trojan spirit and a helping hand. And I thank you.”

Visit the Scholarship Luncheon photo gallery at http://pharmacyschool.usc.edu/alumni/photos/