Penn State Athletics Spring 2018 Endowment Event
This year's Forever Blue and White endowment dinner greeted guests with a nautical theme throughout the ballroom at the Nittany Lion Inn. The theme highlighted how our donors are steadfast and true. Like an anchor to a ship, donors provide security and stability to empower our student-athletes to excel athletically and academically. The evening celebrated our donors and their generosity as well as the student-athletes who are directly impacted by it.
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Advancement, Joe Foley, opened the evening and welcomed athletes, donors, coaches and guests. Foley shared, "This year we welcomed fifteen new endowed scholarship donors to our group of 465 who are already generously providing perpetual impact on our student-athletes through endowed scholarships. We are grateful to these donors for their generosity and investment in our students' academic and athletic pursuits." Sandy Barbour, Bill and Kim Kerlin and Todd Bennett of Penn Centre Logistics who attended the dinner were recognized for their newly established endowments. Click here to see a complete listing of our most recent endowed scholarships. Sandy Barbour, Director of Athletics, shared her appreciation of our donors during her remarks. "It's the scholarship that they so generously provide, that allows some students the opportunity to attend college and others access to many resources, that they otherwise might not have had. That's life changing, and we have our endowment donors to thank for that." Barbour highlighted the many accomplishments of our student-athletes both in competition and in the classroom. She made evident the impact that all of the donors in the room have on every student-athlete and coach. Head coach of the women's gymnastics team, Sarah Brown, spoke about the outpouring of support she and her team have had from donors. She shared some of her team's season highs before introducing the student-athlete speaker of the evening, Kristen Politz. Kristen displays her gratitude by "refusing to take any day at this school for granted." Politz expressed how thankful she was for her donors and their support of the women's gymnastics team and spoke about how that support has impacted her specifically. Football Head Coach James Franklin spoke of the generosity of our donors and the opportunities that scholarships provide student-athletes. Franklin shed light on just how special the relationship is between a student-athlete and their scholarship donor. He noted that to this day he still keeps in touch with the donor who helped provide him the opportunity to play football at East Stroudsburg University. Coach Franklin emphasized that the college experience here at Penn State, made possible by our donors, is what is shaping young student-athletes to become successful adults. The evening was flowing with gratitude and admiration. This event is truly special in that it serves as the perfect opportunity for student-athletes and donors to connect and share their stories. Our student-athletes work endlessly on and off the field to make the Penn State community proud and our donors' generosity helps us prepare our students for a lifetime of impact. We Are... forever grateful. To gather more information on how to endow a scholarship and assist a Penn State student-athlete in fulfilling their goalsals you can click here on the link below or call 814-863-GIFT.