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By Joan C. McKinney
News and Publications Coord.
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives,” President John F. Kennedy said, and Grace Arnold, a Campbellsville University freshman from Campbellsville, Ky., used this as a theme to thank donors at CU’s Endowed Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon April 2.
Arnold, who is the daughter of Jeff and Connie Arnold, thanked the “many donors who make so many scholarships available to Campbellsville University students.”
“There are many students, like myself, who depend on scholarships to make the dream of a college education a reality,” she said.
“Campbellsville University makes scholarship funds available to large groups of students, and it is only through the generosity of donors like you that this is possible,” she said.
She said she wants to work as an occupational therapist with First Steps, an organization that works with children from birth to three years old who have developmental delays.
“Without the scholarships that have been made possible for me, it would be much more difficult for me to get a college education,” she said. “Your generosity is an incredible blessing for me and my fellow students by helping to ease our financial burdens.”
Chuck Vaughn, director of planned giving for Campbellsville University, said CU has 19 new endowed scholarships since the new campaign began for a total of 138. He said the total amount endowment fund at CU has just passed $13 million, which is the largest in the history of the university.
Vaughn quoted 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
“You have a charitable heart,” he told the audience in the banquet hall.
He said CU students have a low debt rate when they graduate, and the scholarship funds donations make a difference.
Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said the mission of Campbellsville University is special and faculty, staff and coaches have a “deep commitment to the mission.”
He said the university mission is firmly ingrained in the Christian faith, and “We are not afraid to pursue the truth and have a good dialogue over tough issues.”
He said students’ personal relationship with Jesus Christ is taken seriously at CU. He said CU is the type of community that allows for building bridges across languages and cultures as there are about 300 international students on campus.
He talked about the current capital campaign, “Our Time, This Place, Next Century Campaign for Campbellsville University,” which is in the “silent phase” and which is for $61.1 million with $31.4 million having been pledged.
Carter said $15 million of the $61.1 million is earmarked for endowed scholarships in order to build the strength of CU.
“The endowed scholarship monies allow for additional opportunities for students to receive a Christ-centered education, and they are well on the way with your support of the endowed scholarship,” Carter said.
“The future is before us,” he said. “It’s up to us to write the script and fill it in.”
He urged those attending to pray for Campbellsville University and to think what life would be like if not for CU.