Story posted May 11, 2012
Bowdoin’s annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon — an event President Barry Mills has called “the most important gathering of the year at Bowdoin" — was held Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Thorne Hall.
The College maintains 832 scholarship funds, and many of the donors behind these funds — alumni, parents and friends of the College — shared a meal yesterday with the students who benefit from their gifts. View a gallery of images from the luncheon.
Following a performance by Bowdoin's Afro-Latin American Music Ensemble, President Mills spoke of the increasing importance of ensuring that a Bowdoin education continues to be accessible to students from all backgrounds and means.
Mills then introduced the next speaker, Bowdoin Trustee Deborah Jensen Barker '80, who, besides having a successful career in investment banking, has been long committed to community service, particularly in the realm of education. Barker spoke about her journey of becoming "an advocate for students and a passionate supporter of funding for education." Read the text of Barker's remarks.
The final speaker at the event was La'Shaye Ervin '12, from Brooklyn, N.Y., who attended the event with her mother and grandmother. Ervin, who dedicated her remarks to her family, to President Mills and to Professor of Biology Barry Logan, is the 2012 recipient of the President's Award, which honors a student "whose actions demonstrate particular imagination and generosity of spirit and provide tangible benefit to the atmosphere, program, or general effectiveness of the College." A biology and Africana studies major with a minor in English, Ervin is a leader in Bowdoin’s Outing Club, in “I am Bowdoin,” and other student organizations. She delivered a moving and personal talk based on the metaphor of the sankofa, a Ghanaian symbol her mother taught her that refers to never forgetting where one comes from.” Read the text of Ervin's remarks.