Towson University celebrates donors and scholars

Celebration brings together TU community to recognize donors

By TOWSON UNIVERSITY on May 20, 2024

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The TU community joined together for the annual Celebration of Donors and Scholars including (from left) Emily V. McCarthy, Gertrude "Trudy" Pojman, Sigala K. Gang and Charles E. Conklin, Jr. (Kanji Takeno | Towson University)

On Wednesday, May 8, the Towson University community celebrated what it means to give generously and receive with gratitude.

The annual Celebration of Donors & Scholars brought together the TU community to honor and thank the generous donors who fund scholarships, support program innovation and enhance the TU experience for all Tigers. It also recognized and celebrated exceptional student scholarship recipients and the faculty and staff who ensure that the TU experience is second to none.

This year, the Towson University Foundation (TUF) awarded 1,262 scholarships totaling $2.5 million, helping to ensure that Tiger dreams come true for the next generation of leaders in the communities where they live and work.

The host for the evening was Edna Primrose 鈥84, president of the TUF Board of Directors. The TUF is responsible for the oversight, management and investment of the private philanthropic gifts that support Towson University.

Central to the evening鈥檚 celebration were words of inspiration from President Mark Ginsberg and Provost Melanie Perreault and recognition for the nearly 300 donors and scholarship recipients who were gathered together.

Bri鈥橝sha Aldridge 鈥24, Mollie Herman and Amber Walser from the TU Counseling Center and Meredith Morris 鈥25 shared stories of how scholarship and grant awards impact students in the TU community.

Aldridge, a dance performance and choreography major, received the Nancy & Victor Romita Dance Student Travel Scholarship and the Franklin & Alice Cooley Scholarship which offered her the opportunity to travel and learn from internationally renowned artists and provided the financial support she needed to pursue her love of dance.

Herman, director of TU Counseling Center, and Walser, staff psychologist, talked about how suicide prevention is one of the most important parts of the counseling center mission. A $25,000 grant from the TUF helped build safety nets that created ways for students to get immediate support in moments of crisis.

Morris, a family and human services major, shared her story of returning to TU after a 10-year hiatus, a return which was only possible with support from the Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship and the Osher Re-entry Endowed Scholarship.

Five people pose for a photo in front of a "Celebration" sign
Speakers at the celebration (from left): Edna Primrose '84, Meredith Morris '25, Bri鈥橝sha Aldridge 鈥24, Mollie Herman and Amber Walser. (Kanji Taneko | Towson University)

Towson University Foundation, Inc. was established in 1970 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation to allow donors to make tax-deductible contributions in support of Towson University scholarships and fellowships, faculty development, research, outreach projects, academic and other programs.

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