Nice to give and receive

Last Tuesday more than 30 undergraduate scholarship recipients met the donors who helped fund their studies. At the Gleacher Center, President Robert J. Zimmer and College Dean John Boyer, AM'69, PhD'75, joined the students, endowed-scholarship donors, and prospective donors for Wolfgang Puck–catered hors d'oeurves, risotto bar, and carving-station mini-sandwiches.

Zimmer told the crowd that although a Chicago education is expensive, last year about half of the College's students received a total of $55 million in financial aid. The endowed scholarships helped 420 students this year by replacing some of those loans with grants.

Boyer introduced Carma Peterson Baker, AB'90, who said she endowed a scholarship because as a student, she would not have been able to afford the U of C tuition without financial aid. Fourth-years Mingzhu He and Amanda Finney said the scholarships have helped them focus on their studies—economics and English, respectively—instead of how to pay for their educations. Then it was on to mingling and eating those mini-sandwiches.


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Photos (left to right): Trustee Robert Halperin, PhB’47, talks with three of his scholarship recipients: third-years Alice Bynum (left), Denis Echtchenko, and Katah Hart; Zimmer chats with Baker and her husband, David Baker, AB'87, MBA'94; the students gather for a group shot.

Photos by Dan Dry.

April 23, 2008