Scholarship recipient Roger Mudd (Information Technology) speaks to a group of donors, instructors and fellow scholarship recipients.
On Friday, March 23, Ranken’s Development office hosted a Scholarship Luncheon in the atrium of the Mary Ann Lee Technology Center. All scholarship donors and recipients were invited to attend the luncheon.
“We wanted to hold this event so that the donors could meet the recipients of their scholarship and see first-hand how their generosity is affecting lives,” said Tony Pisciotta, Ranken’s director of institutional advancement.
More than 125 guests attended the event, which began with a welcome message from Don Pohl, Ranken’s vice president for education. The guests then enjoyed lunch and had the opportunity to hear from three students who are benefiting from scholarships; Shauna Wollmershauser from High-Performance Racing Technology, Roger Mudd from Information Technology and Abdullah Matteuzzi from HVACR. All are second-year students who will graduate in May. Each speaker took the opportunity to thank all of the donors and spoke on how the funds are helping to benefit them personally.
“Because of your contribution, I’ll leave this campus with confidence knowing I will be an asset, not just an employee,” said Mudd during his remarks. Mudd talked about his personal Ranken journey which started two years ago while he was living in a homeless shelter downtown St. Louis.
“With your help I have gone from a line at the soup kitchen to the line in a graduation ceremony and for that I am eternally grateful.”
The program ended with remarks from Ranken’s President, Stan Shoun who once again thanked all of the donors for their contributions and their dedication to the future workforce.
“We are very excited to provide a venue in which sponsors can actually see and get to know the students that they have provided support for this past year,” said Shoun. “We hope to continue this for years to come."