Celebrating the impact of scholarship

More than 300 alumni, parents and friends gathered in the Alumni Memorial Union last week to celebrate the impact of scholarship.

Vice President for University Advancement Tim McMahon led off the annual Scholarship Celebration event, highlighting significant Time to Rise campaign progress. In the seventh year of the eight-year journey, the university has raised more than $665 million toward the campaign’s $750 million goal. Of the $665 million raised thus far, more than $270 million (41%) has been contributed to support scholarship.

President Michael R. Lovell and Vice President for University Advancement Tim McMahon welcomed alumni, parents and friends from across the country to celebrate the impact of scholarship.

“Scholarships open doors,” McMahon said. “They create opportunities, and they help to make dreams come true.” He shared that more than $198 million has been raised in endowed scholarships “helping to secure our bright future” and thanked the benefactors for their immense generosity.

“To each of you today, we say thank you,” McMahon said. “Thank you for helping to preserve our founding mission through support for scholarships. Thank you for your heartfelt promise to be the difference for our students.”

National Campaign Co-chair Karen Swoboda and President Advisory Council Chairs Sheila and Kevin Frisinger highlighted how scholarships change the lives of students and entire families.

Three student speakers expressed how scholarships transformed their lives

“Receiving this scholarship meant the world to my family and me. My mom cried because what was once a financial burden is now a blessing. Because of this scholarship, I have developed physically, mentally and socially. I have gained best friends that will last me a lifetime and I have received so many opportunities in a short amount of time.”

Johnnie Brooker III, Diederich College of Communication

“During my time at Marquette, I realized that my purpose in life is to make a difference in the world, and I am grateful for the scholarship support that made this realization possible. I promise to pay it forward by using my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the world.”

Victoria Rios, Diederich College of Communication

“To all our alumni and benefactors, you have meant a lot not only to me, but to all students. A lot of the opportunities we have wouldn’t be possible without you. I’m grateful to be able to attend this prestigious university and receive the high-quality education that would not be possible without all of you.”

Stevie Mitchell, College of Business Administration