CAHNR Celebrates Students and Donors at Annual Scholars Night

the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) hosted its annual Scholars Night event on March 10, 2022 to honor university students, their families, and donors who have supported their UConn education.

Donor support provides financial support for students to enrich their educational and experiential opportunities while at UConn and reduces the potential burden on families. In 2021, the CAHNR awarded more than $868,000 in scholarships. This included nearly 500 scholarships to 361 deserving students.

The virtual event began with remarks from CAHNR leadership, Associate Dean of Academic Programs Sandra Bushmich and Dean Indrajeet Chaubey.

“To college students: you come to CAHNR ready to face the world, hone your skills as future leaders, and develop relationships with friends and teachers that will last a lifetime. To our dedicated donors: You provide invaluable support that enables our students and their families to embark on a college experience with less concern for financial hardship and more focus on opportunity. Together, you form the foundations of our College and pave the way for a bright future,” says Chaubey.

The event also featured remarks from UConn Provost, Carl Lejuez.

“CAHNR students are involved in such impactful work. Whichever path a CAHNR student takes, you are part of the College’s highly strategic, impactful and authentic One Health approach that supports the interconnectedness of humans, animals and the environment at the heart of our efforts to build a prosperous and sustainable society. and resilient,” says Lejuez.

CAHNR donor Paul Schur shared the donor perspective on the importance of philanthropy for students. Schur and his wife Susan support the Schur Family Fellowship in Environmental Health and the Schur/Silbart Fellowship in Environmental and Allied Health.

“Like many of you, we make a donation because we have a strong connection with the College. Every year we receive a meaningful letter from one of our scholarship recipient students. It is an overview of the student and what he hopes to become. Students like these continue to maintain our connection to the College. Hopefully, our financial support also helps to slightly reduce a student’s tax burden,” says Schur.

Natural Resources graduate Chloe Zampetti closed the event with inspiring words for university students and words of thanks for donors and their support.

She explains the impact that obtaining a scholarship can have for a student.

“For some people, [a scholarship] can represent that their hard work and dedication to their studies and extracurricular activities was worth it. For others, it can serve as a reminder that someone believes they are capable, even if they think so themselves. For others, it may be a relief to know that some of the financial burden of going to college has been taken away from them. And for many, it represents all of the above.

Visit the CAHNR Academic Programs Office website to watch the entire CAHNR Scholars Night event and view the full list of scholarship recipients.

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