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Wesley Celebrates Founders Day


Left to right: Wesley College students James Welsh, Riza Bautista, Naimah Cruz, Catie Gross, Lewis Morrison-DeVito and Stephany Ward with Wesley College Alumni Association Board member Jane (Kearney) MacDonald '60 (center, in red) at the Founders Day Donor Reception

Wesley College celebrated Founders Day on March 19 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover. The event is an annual tradition for the College that acknowledges students, celebrating their accomplishments with scholarships and awards. Dr. Michael Nielsen, a professor of media arts at Wesley, was featured as a guest speaker. A member of the Wesley faculty since 1989, Nielsen is retiring at the end of the spring 2014 semester.

A total of $127,650 in scholarship money - up from approximately $76,000 in 2013 - was awarded to 68 students. Many of the scholarships were merit based and specific to areas of study. In addition, 23 students received academic departmental awards, which recognize the top students in each department based on grade point average and other factors.

“Each year as these scholarships are presented, I am struck by the inspirational and heartwarming stories represented by a donor-- be they a loved one, business colleague, professor or friend-- who chose to enshrine a legacy through a substantial gift that also benefits a student,” said Wesley Vice President for Institutional Advancement Chris Wood.  “An endowed scholarship, quite literally, creates a never-ending recognition of the life of the one honored, while also giving an invaluable gift to a deserving student, namely a college education.”

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