Foundation Scholarship Luncheon: Students gather to say 'Thank you'

Foundation Scholarship Luncheon: Students gather to say 'Thank you'


The Bloomsburg University Foundation Scholarship Luncheon was a heartwarming affair for the University’s outstanding scholarship recipients and generous alumni and friends who attended the event on Sunday, April 21, at the Kehr Union Ballroom.

With more than 150 guests in attendance, it was a joyful opportunity for donors and student recipients to meet each other, many for the first time.

Speakers included:

  • David Soltz, president
  • Erik Evans, vice president for university advancement
  • Joseph Jacques ’74, CPA, CFP, president of Jacques Financial, LLC
  • Lauren Erdman, Class of 2014, recipient of Paul J. Yori, Jr. Award and the Henry Carver Fund Presidential Leadership Scholarship

The annual scholarship luncheon offers scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet and thank the donors who helped fund their education. The event also featured musical performances by Bryan McMasters, Class of 2014, and the Husky Singers directed by Alan Baker, D.M.A., associate professor of music.

Paying it forward: A scholarship recipient's story

Lauren Erdman

When I was a senior in high school and began the process of seeking out a college to attend, I was really clueless as far as what to look for. I am from a small town where not many of my peers would seek education after high school and neither of my parents had been to college either. I applied to Bloomsburg because my older brother (who was a sophomore here at the time) was pressuring me to do so, but I was feeling very lost and confused in trying to make a decision that would affect the rest of my life.

A few months before I graduated high school, I received two letters from BU saying that I had been offered both the Presidential Leadership scholarship and the Honors scholarship (both of which made possible by the Henry Carver Fund). Then I chose to attend Bloomsburg because these scholarships made me feel that this was the University was going to recognize my hard work and academic achievement. Also, it made BU significantly more affordable than Slippery Rock, which was the other school I was considering at the time, so I chose to come to Bloomsburg.

    Lauren Erdman, a junior business administration management major with an accounting minor

Helping hard-working young people to succeed: A donor’s story

Joseph Jacques

Welcome all Scholarship donors, and most importantly, congratulations to all the Scholarship recipients. I was asked to speak on why I gave accounting scholarships to Bloomsburg. For me it was a matter of "Helping hard-working young people to succeed." When I made the donation, I was very specific that grades would not be a key criterion for awarding the scholarship. Instead, I wanted this scholarship to be awarded on determination and that the recipient showed a pattern of hard work. I believe the key to a successful career is a willingness to work hard.

The main message I want you to take away from this speech is a simple saying which I tell my kids all the time: "Working hard does not guarantee success. But if you do NOT work hard, you will never become successful." I hate to admit this, but when I was in elementary and later in high school, I wanted to be a "smart" kid. I believed that all the "smart" kids were naturally brilliant, and did not have to study. So they told me. Well, I wanted to be a "smart" kid, so I didn't study. Through elementary and high school, I averaged a strong low-C average. And so I believed that I was not capable of being a smart kid.

    Joseph Jacques ’74, CPA, CFP, president of Jacques Financial, LLC

For more information on this event or to learn how you can offer your support, please contact Ann Maselkevich, scholarship and compliance coordinator, at 570-389-4847 or amaselke@bloomufdn.org.