Friday, April 4, 2008

FAC offers scholarship

By Kaylin Martin
Cardinal Staff

The Future Alumni Committee will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to one graduating senior from Saint Mary’s University intending to continue his or her studies.

Selected by a panel of FAC members, the recipient of the scholarship will be chosen based upon his or her demonstration of the Lasallian spirit and other values instilled by Saint Mary’s.

“This scholarship has been a great way for the SMU community to give back to our future alumni,” said Bob Fisher, director of annual giving at SMU and a former club advisor.

“Normally when you hear about scholarships and SMU, it has to do with the current funding at Saint Mary’s,” said Fisher. “What I love about this scholarship is that it gives FAC a chance to invest in a current SMU senior and help make their future dreams come true.”

The presentation of this year’s scholarship will take place on Wednesday, April 16, at the Senior Academic Honors Banquet.

“We would like to see someone receive the scholarship who has been inspired by their Saint Mary’s experience, while showing a passion for their future career and making a difference in their future communities,” said Fisher. “Those are the seniors we like to invest in.” FAC, previously known as Student Alumni Relations, was founded in 1981. The group strives to keep students and alumni connected through various campus events, tri-yearly newsletters and monthly meetings.

Since 1985, FAC has awarded 34 scholarships ranging in value from $500 to $1,000. The scholarships are funded through proceeds from the club’s Finals Kit Program.

FAC is no longer receiving applicants for the scholarship; however, if interested in joining the club, students are encouraged to attend their next meeting on Tuesday, April 15, in Room B of the Toner Student Center.

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