BGSU Firelands Recognizes Scholarship Recipients, Donors

Huron, Ohio – On Friday morning, Bowling Green State University Firelands College honored some of their best and brightest during the 14th Annual Scholarship Breakfast.

Held in the Cedar Point Center on the Firelands campus, the event brings together the recipients of scholarships offered through the College and the donor organization and individuals who support those scholarships.

“It’s really a special event,” said BGSU Firelands Director of Enrollment Management & Student Retention Services Debralee Divers.  “The donors are delighted to see the tangible results of their generous contributions and for the opportunity to meet our students.  Equally important, the scholarship recipients appreciate the opportunity to thank those who have helped them achieve their dreams,” added Divers who organized the event.

A capacity crowd of more than 250 people included donors, students and their families, and several representatives from the Bowling Green Campus including President Mary Ellen Mazey and Vice President for University Advancement Shea McGrew.

Throughout the morning, 133 students were recognized and they collectively were awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships.

“The scholarship I received will be of great assistance in paying for my educational expenses and it will allow me to focus my time and energy into studying, learning, and growing,” said Talon Smith, a criminal justice student at BGSU Firelands.

Students can receive scholarships based on their achievements inside or outside of the classroom or for financial need.  For some students, financial need is the only thing that stands between them and their dreams of a college education.

“I wanted my donors to know that my scholarship and the degree it is helping me to earn will set an example for my children to live up to, so their efforts in support of me are not narrowly focused,” added Smith, a Huron resident.

“We are very proud of our scholarship recipients,” said Dean of BGSU Firelands William Balzer.  “I encourage them to use their own special gifts and the generous gifts from our donors to get the most out of their education. The finest expression of gratitude to our donors is to have our recipients be successful in college, and then utilize their skills and abilities to contribute to the success of our community.”