Nearly 150 members of the St. Bonaventure University community gathered in Doyle Hall on Friday, April 21, to honor scholarship and grant recipients and pay tribute to the donors whose generosity makes such a difference in their lives.
Guest speakers included scholarship recipients Lian Bunny and Michael McLanahan, both members of the Class of 2017, and St. Bonaventure University trustee Leslie C. Quick III, ’75.
Bunny, a journalism and mass communication major from Kenmore, New York, spoke about the broad and varied education St. Bonaventure allowed her to receive.
“For myself and fellow classmates, this Bonaventure journey goes far beyond academics,” she said. “The journey means personal growth, discovering the true definition of learning and gaining life experiences.”
An honors student with minors in history, psychology and Spanish, Bunny has interned for various communications groups, including working as a photographer for the Buffalo Bills. Last summer, she traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, as the university’s first recipient of a national News21 fellowship and worked on a summer-long election project with top journalists from across the country.
“I have received almost all of my internships, jobs and fellowships through Bonaventure professors and alumni,” she added.
Michael McLanahan, an accounting major from Bradford, Pennsylvania, told the group about the strong support he received from the Bonaventure family.
“As I begin to write this next chapter of my life, I find myself gaining a greater appreciation for my family and everyone I have had the opportunity to get to know here at St. Bonaventure,” he said in his speech. “These individuals have supported me every step of the way.”
McLanahan currently interns with Bysiek CPA, PLLC. He spent last summer at the PricewaterhouseCooper’s Elevate program. He is a member of Enactus and has served as a peer mentor in the accounting department. Like Bunny, he said the support from professors and alumni began before he set foot in the classroom as a freshman and will continue long after he puts away his graduation cap and robe.
“This place unites people,” he said. “From the moment you begin your journey here, you are never alone.”
Guest speaker Leslie C. Quick III agreed that it is the people who make the St. Bonaventure experience great. “We as Bonnies pay it forward, whether it is with money, time or encouraging students to attend the university,” he said.
Through a generous gift from Quick and his family, the James Martine Faculty Development Endowment and the Leo Keenan Faculty Endowment were established in 1999 to maintain the teaching quality that has always been a hallmark at St. Bonaventure. A founding partner of Massey Quick Simon & Co., LLC, Quick earned a bachelor of business administration degree with a major in finance from St. Bonaventure.
The annual luncheon offers scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet and thank the donors who helped fund their education. It also features an academic showcase that highlights the creative endeavors and academic research of select students as well as faculty recipients of the Keenan and Martine grant awards.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, St. Bonaventure awarded more than $1.5 million to 573 students through endowed and annually-funded scholarships.
Persons interested in creating an endowed scholarship or establishing an annual award at St. Bonaventure should contact Kathleen Ryan, assistant director of development for stewardship, at (716) 375-2308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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