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By Alexandra Salerno , ’14
St. Bonaventure University’s annual Barbara Carr McKee Scholarship Luncheon celebrated this year’s scholarship recipients and benefactors in an afternoon that included opening remarks from University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., speeches from both a scholarship donor and recipient, and a showcase of selected student projects.
Kevin Rogers, a senior journalism and mass communication and political science major, delivered this year’s student speech. Rogers’ collegiate career includes holding the positions of editor-in-chief of The Bona Venture campus newspaper and president of SBU College Republicans.
He also interned for a summer at The Washington Guardian in Washington D.C. His speech focused on the specialized attention he received as a Bona student and how Bonaventure shaped his life today. Rogers is a recipient of the Capital City scholarship.
“I speak with gratitude on behalf of all seniors for those who generously finance scholarships,” Rogers said. “Scholarships do more than help students pay for education; they open the door to the sort of experiences I’ve had in the past four years.”
This year’s keynote address was given by Dr. Robert L. Worden, ’67. The Worden family established The John L. and Léone E. Worden Memorial Award. The endowed scholarship supports student research in the fields of biology. The award is named after his father and former SBU biology professor, Dr. John Lorimer Worden Jr., and his wife, Léone E. Worden.
Worden’s speech detailed his family’s devotion to St. Bonaventure; the man, the saint and the university. Worden also highlighted the most recent recipient of the award. Kyle Alpha, senior biochemistry major, will enroll in an M.D.-Ph.D. dual-degree program following graduation with a focus on research and medicine.
“It’s just a perfect moment for our family,” said Worden of honoring Alpha. “We wanted to hook a student with that research. Our hope was that, through the award, a student would discover a career as a research biologist or some related field.”
There were more than half a dozen student projects on display during the event. The projects varied from undergraduate and graduate work of scholarship recipients including projects about campaign finance, integrated marketing plans for local restaurants, research on education and even a pilot script for a TV series.
During the 2013-2014 school year, 507 students were awarded scholarships at St. Bonaventure.
People interested in creating an endowed scholarship or establishing an annual award should contact Kathleen Ryan, director of scholarships and endowments, at (716) 375-2308 or email at email@example.com.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
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