Students and donors got together in Harvey Hall on September 22, 2017, for the second annual Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Luncheon. - Photos by Rob Taylor Photography & Design. View the full photo gallery by clicking here.
September 25, 2017
University continues to thank its generous donors for providing financial gifts
to students. This academic year, 175 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and
Sciences students will receive nearly $215,000 in scholarship support from 331
The donors were formally
thanked at the college’s second annual scholarship luncheon held Sept. 22 in the
Murphy Center’s Harvey Hall. Nearly 225 scholarship recipients, donors and
department faculty attended the event.
“I am very proud
of everybody in this room here today,” said Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the
THCAS. “You are indispensable to this great national university.”
Downs said that
for many students, scholarship support “makes the basic core difference”
between attending college or not attending college, and that scholarship
support increases the likelihood of success and the timely completion of a
were continued by ECU provost Ron Mitchelson, Alumni Association president
Heath Bowman and THCAS director of alumni relations and outreach Jessica
“I am absolutely
inspired by the choices donors make to support the success of ECU students,” said
Mitchelson. “It really is a remarkable thing. You are at the heart of those
dreams; students’ dreams…We are the place where student’s lives are
States Air Force Colonel Thomas Shubert, ECU ROTC and Harriot College political
science alumnus, presented this year’s keynote address.
He told the
students that it is necessary in one’s life to take risks and chances, not to
be afraid to fail, to continue on and make an impact by serving as a mentor for
“The world does
not end if you don’t get straight As,” said Shubert. “You have to take risks.
Learn from failure and you are still going to succeed.”
remarks, three Harriot College scholarship recipients formally thanked their
donors and expressed their sincere gratitude for the opportunities provided
Seth Sutton, senior
geological sciences major and recipient of the C.Q. Brown Scholarship, plans to
continue his education through graduate school. He wants to become a professor
of paleontology, studying dinosaur fossils.
“Professors in our
department connect with their students,” said Sutton. He gave credit to a
number of geological sciences faculty, including department chair Dr. Steve
“He gave me the
confidence to continue on my path,” said Sutton. “The fact that the chair of
our department took the time and effort to meet with me is pretty cool and
reiterated that it was an honor to receive the C.Q. Brown Scholarship. He said it
eased his financial burden so that he did not have to work, giving him more
time to focus on his academics.
Stephen Hart, junior
political science major and criminal justice minor, is the recipient of the
Col. Louis & Mrs. Trudy Gomes Award and the John F. Minges III Scholarship.
He mentioned his scholarship awards also alleviate the financial burden of
attending college, allowing him to focus on his studies with the intention of
attending law school in the future.
He said he was
“determined to go to college, no matter what.”
“I am grateful
for this opportunity the Minges and the Gomes families have given me,” said
Hart. “I will represent the donors and the Political Science Department to the
best of my ability – with hard work and dedication – to further my academic
junior English major and recipient of the Jim & Pam Mullen THCAS Study
Abroad Scholarship, thanked all the individuals involved in the day’s event.
Ever since the
age of six, Andrews dreamed of being a pediatrician, until she studied abroad
in London this July.
She said that
being able to travel down some of the same streets as the authors she read as a
child, allowed her “to become one with my favorite fictional characters.”
three-week-long experience changed her mind about her future.
“Life has a
funny way of taking us down many paths. Some which we plan, or envision, and
others that we don’t,” said Andrews. “Never did it really cross my mind that I
would be changing my minor from science to linguistics the summer before my
junior year, completely abandoning the idea of becoming a doctor.”
“Truth be told,
I’m a terrified person,” said Andrews “I’m terrified, but here’s the catch. I
don’t let that fear debilitate me. I use it as fuel to do the things I yearn
She thanked the
Mullens, saying that because of them the “desires of her heart are in fact
event, Downs again congratulated all the students and thanked the donors
for their support.
“It’s all about the
students, and those are three great testimonials,” he said. To memorialize the day, scholarship recipients had the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with their donors or departmental faculty. Photos are viewable and available for download in a gallery located at www.robtaylorphoto.com/hcassaysthankyou2017.