Black Hawk College East Foundation honors scholarship recipients, benefactors

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Scholarship recipients (from left): Kayla Hyett of Aledo (Ron & Theresa Brown Memorial Scholarship) and Nicholas Thorndike of Joy (Elmer Brose Scholarship & Harriet McCarthy Scholarship).

The Black Hawk College East Foundation honored both those who gave and those who received at its annual scholarship banquet Oct. 4 at the Homestead in Woodhull.

Speaking at the event were: Liz Breedlove, executive director of the Black Hawk College East Foundation; Steve Spivey, president of the Black Hawk College East Foundation Board of Directors; Dr. R. Gene Gardner, Black Hawk College president; Chanda Dowell, vice president for East Campus; Janene Blodgett Lourdeau, foundation board; and David Bradbury representing the David Bradbury Scholarship.

Recipients shared what receiving a scholarship meant to them as well as their plans for the future. The benefactors and scholarship representatives in attendance also were introduced and recognized.

“Tonight is about how we as a college make dreams come true,” Chanda Dowell said.

“Students, the benefactors with whom many of you are seated, have helped make your dream of higher education come true whether it’s recognizing you for your academic achievements, your other skills that you bring to the college, or just your dream of a higher education.

“These benefactors are making your dreams come true because of their generosity,” she added.

David Bradbury spoke of “Learn, Earn and Return.” He told of his family background, growing up with the importance of education stressed and encouraged. He funded his education with part-time jobs, loans and benefactor scholarships.

In the late 1960s, he interviewed with Black Hawk College and was one of the first nine faculty members hired. He taught English and related courses for 31 years before retiring in 1999.

“That seemed a good time for me to return something to the college, after learning and earning,” he said. “My hope is that each of you recipients this evening will remember these three words: Learn, Earn and Return. No matter where you end up, in whatever community, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to contribute, to return things to the community, not just money but your talents.”

“I would challenge each of you this evening to go out into the world and do well, but more importantly, go out into the world and do good,” he added.

Liz Breedlove thanked the benefactors for their philanthropic spirit and support of East Campus students.

“Due to your generosity, Black Hawk College East Foundation maintains 42 fully endowed scholarships, six scholarships that are yet to be fully funded and 14 annual scholarships funds for a total of 62 funds with assets of over $1.3 million,” she said.

This year, the East Foundation presented 64 students with 81 scholarships totaling $83,283. Individual scholarships ranged from $80 to $3,000.

“On behalf of the Black Hawk College East Foundation, I would like to congratulate the 2011-12 scholarship recipients,” Breedlove said.

She introduced scholarship recipients from around the U.S. and abroad. The students shared their reasons for selecting Black Hawk College and detailed how the scholarship monies are assisting them in pursuing their career goals. Without exception, all stressed how grateful they were for the financial support.

The mission of the Black Hawk College East Foundation is to serve as the primary support partner of the East Campus of Black Hawk College by providing for and conducting activities that facilitate the growth and development of the East Campus.