By Anna Drake
The university's ninth annual Scholars Luncheon convened students and donors from across the campus and country to celebrate scholarship support and academic achievement at Queens.
Growing merit- and need-based scholarship support represents a key component of Queens' 2017 Strategic Plan, "Reimagine Excellence." This year, Queens recognized the addition of 14 endowed and 5 annually-funded scholarships. Since October 2011, the university has raised over $3,225,000 for endowed scholarships through the Byrum Challenge, a matching gift initiative made possible through Porter Byrum's $20.9 million scholarship gift to Queens in June 2011. $1,765,621 of the $5 million matching fund remains to double endowed scholarship commitments of $50,000 or more.
1995 alumnus Michael Murphy, Murphy Auto Group CEO and founder of the new Michael W. Murphy '95 Endowed Scholarship, visited Queens from New Orleans to deliver the keynote address at this year's luncheon. Murphy shared fond memories of devoted professors and a transformative educational experience─from broadening his intellectual horizons in "Liberal Learning" (now known as Core), to his involvement with the founding of Phi Kappa Phi at Queens and the development of the Trexler Center. Murphy commented, "The greatest part of going to Queens is that the faculty genuinely cares about what they teach and how they teach. I can't say it's a rare thing for a university to have a great faculty, but I would say that you would be hard pressed to find one that's more dedicated." As sophomore Lainey Coplin '15 remarked, "He's the kind of alum who makes you so proud to be at Queens."
"Thank you for affording me the opportunity to excel academically...for challenging me to be successful and allowing me to travel the world. Thank you for giving me a second home and second family."
- Saray Smalls ’13
Saray Smalls '13 and William Yates '14 spoke personally about the opportunities they received through scholarships to Queens. Smalls stated: "Thank you for affording me the opportunity to excel academically...for challenging me to be successful and allowing me to travel the world. Thank you for giving me a second home and second family." Yates, in closing, asked: "May the generosity of others change your lives, as you have changed mine."
Please contact University Advancement at 704-337-2217 for information on establishing or supporting scholarships at Queens.
2013 Scholars Luncheon Videos
The 2013 Scholars Luncheon was held at Queens University of Charlotte on on April 11, 2013
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Michael Murphy '95
Saray Smalls '13
William Yates '14
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