Above: Donors Lynda Humphrey and her daughter Cathy Padget meet three of their recipients at the 2012 Scholarship Luncheon.
When you give a scholarship, you help to open the way to a bright new future for the next generation--and that is good for all of us.
In general, for privately funded scholarships, the steps in the award process are these:
When students receive their scholarships, we ask them to complete a brief questionnaire and write you a letter.
Please know this: we do not share your address information. All communication from students comes through our office, and we pass it on to you. If you prefer to keep your name private, we will not release that to the student recipient or to anyone else.
If you ever wish to contact your recipient one on one, you may choose to do that on your own. We've seen some close bonds develop between donors and recipients, with some donors even being invited to weddings down the road. But we discourage students contacting you directly. We prefer to leave that choice to you.
Often, the thanks students write are heartfelt, and so they should be. Many scholarship recipients remember their donors throughout their lives: at a time when they needed help the most, someone who didn't even know them stepped in to offer assistance. That's unforgettable to them.
Best of all, many follow your example, eventually giving a scholarship themselves.
If we receive your scholarship gift by the early spring, we'll be able to award it before students leave for the summer or during the summer months.
Then, sometime in the fall, we invite all our scholarship donors and their recipients to a scholarship luncheon at UIS. Students who are able to come count it a privilege to thank their donors in person, and many donors come year after year to the event.
Some students are online so will not be able to attend the luncheon, but at your request, we can make other arrangements for you to talk with them.
(Of course, students do have busy schedules with many conflicts, so sometimes they can't come. If your recipient doesn't come, you'll still have a chance to meet other recipients, and sharing a meal with our UIS students is often a treat in itself.)
We'll keep you posted about this event, but remember you'll need to make your gift before the early spring.
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