Scholarship Celebration brings donors and their student recipients together

WSU students Maddie Spurlock, left, and Erick Cruz, right, emceed this year’s Scholarship Celebration. They’re shown here with WSU Interim President Rick Muma and Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation, who spoke at the event.

WSU students Maddie Spurlock, left, and Erick Cruz, right, emceed this year’s Scholarship Celebration. They’re shown here with WSU Interim President Rick Muma and Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation, who spoke at the event.

Nearly 200 people attended this year’s Scholarship Celebration at Wichita State, an annual event honoring those who have established scholarships and giving them a chance to get acquainted with their recipients.

This year, guests listened to the personal stories of two scholarship recipients, Maddie Spurlock and Erick Cruz, who also emceed the event. WSU Interim President Rick Muma and Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO, also spoke. The WSU Foundation sponsors the Scholarship Celebration.

The event this year was held outdoors, on the east lawn of the Rhatigan Student Center, to help address COVID concerns. Two sessions were held to accommodate smaller audiences at each and to enhance social distancing. A student flute trio called C Dorian provided musical entertainment.

Enjoy this gallery of photos from the event.

Jane McHugh, a member of the WSU Foundation board of directors, speaks to recipients of the scholarship she endowed to honor her father, Gerald Pike.
Jane McHugh, a member of the WSU Foundation board of directors, speaks to recipients of the scholarship she endowed to honor her father, Gerald Pike.
Debbie Haynes visited with Kathlynn Short, recipient of the scholarship Haynes established with her husband, Larry Beamer.
Debbie Haynes visited with Kathlynn Short, recipient of the scholarship Haynes established with her husband, Larry Beamer.
This year’s Scholarship Celebration was held outdoors, on the east lawn of the Rhatigan Student Center, to help mitigate COVID concerns.
This year’s Scholarship Celebration was held outdoors, on the east lawn of the Rhatigan Student Center, to help mitigate COVID concerns.
Nick Jimenez, left, met Tucker Stiles, the current recipient of a scholarship Jimenez endowed to honor his late brother, David Jimenez.
Nick Jimenez, left, met Tucker Stiles, the current recipient of a scholarship Jimenez endowed to honor his late brother, David Jimenez.
WSU Interim President Rick Muma is shown here with Neiman Thompson and Thomas Yambo-Rios, recipients of the scholarship Muma established with his spouse.
WSU Interim President Rick Muma is shown here with Neiman Thompson and Thomas Yambo-Rios, recipients of the scholarship Muma established with his spouse.
Marilyn Tilford, front left, is seated next to Keyondra Brooks, recipient of the Michael P. Tilford Graduate Fellowship. Mark Tilford is seated at the front right.
Marilyn Tilford, front left, is seated next to Keyondra Brooks, recipient of the Michael P. Tilford Graduate Fellowship. Mark Tilford is seated at the front right.
Ed Sawan, center, shown with Nimanthi Nandasiri, left, and Munonyedi Egbo, recipients of the fellowship Sawan endowed in his late wife’s memory.
Ed Sawan, center, shown with Nimanthi Nandasiri, left, and Munonyedi Egbo, recipients of the fellowship Sawan endowed in his late wife’s memory.
Ken Miller, right, met the current recipients of his scholarship/fellowship in mathematics. From left, they are Jacqueline Chan, Md Ibrahim Kholil and Tinghua Chen.
Ken Miller, right, met the current recipients of his scholarship/fellowship in mathematics. From left, they are Jacqueline Chan, Md Ibrahim Kholil and Tinghua Chen.
Wayne Dale, right, with Jordan Smith, recipient of the scholarship named for Dale’s son, Kevin Douglass Dale.
Wayne Dale, right, with Jordan Smith, recipient of the scholarship named for Dale’s son, Kevin Douglass Dale.
A trio of Wichita State flute students provided musical entertainment for the 2021 Scholarship Celebration.
A trio of Wichita State flute students provided musical entertainment for the 2021 Scholarship Celebration.

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