Scholarship Recipients, Donors Honored During Butler Foundation LuncheonPublished September 26, 2016 at 04:59 pm
Dr. Sylvia Do knows firsthand the benefits of higher education.
She knows personally how life-changing a college degree can be. She and her husband, Dr. Pat Do, both shared their personal stories during an annual scholarship luncheon hosted by the Butler Community College Foundation earlier this week.
Current Butler student scholarship recipients and scholarship donors gathered together for a moment of celebration and gratitude during the Foundation’s “Reaching New Heights” event which boasted its largest attendance to date with more than 260 attendees.
Originally from Mexico, Sylvia provided insight into her family history and how her father had encouraged her to use education to achieve a better future.
“You must try,” he had told her, knowing she would be the first in her family to achieve a college degree.
She spoke to the work that students must juggle in order to be successful and she spoke to the value and importance of the financial assistance that scholarships provide.
“Without the help from the scholarships, I wouldn’t have been able to finish,” she explained.
Dr. Pat Do came to America from Viet Nam as a refugee with his parents when he was four and half years old. He echoed the life-long rewards gained by earning a college degree.
“My point is education gave me the opportunity to reach my goal. It gave me the opportunity to serve patients.
Today, the Dos have become prominent supporters of Butler Community College. Giving back is important to both of them. They, along with all of Butler’s donors played a role in the Foundation being able to award $565,000 to 660 students for the 2016-17 academic year.
“We have amazing students and amazing donors,” said Stacy Cofer, Vice President of Advancement.
The event was concluded by Dr. Kimberly Krull, Butler President, who also thanked Butler’s generous donors. “Thank you for transforming students’ lives. We appreciate you every single day.”
The Foundation Scholarship Luncheon was sponsored by several area businesses. Gold Sponsors for the event were Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC), Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, Roberts Hutch-Line. Purple Sponsors were Wells Designs, and Gravity Works Architecture. Dessert Sponsor was Freddy’s Frozen Custard.