It was my pleasure to sit on the Academic Scholarship Committee on July 29th and 30th and to be a part of the scholarship awards for the 43 deserving candidates. This was my first encounter with Fountain House since I was elected to the Board of Directors. I was so moved by the members and their presentations - students applying for support for single courses, undergraduate programs, MBAs, and PHDs.
These people were awesome! They presented articulate, well thought-out essays and spoke knowledgeably about their goals. Many are faced with adversity, lots of "red tape" with the larger system, and they are willing to plow through for something bigger. It was inspiring to see the relationships that have been built between the members, staff workers, and Committee: people helping people, giving a hand up, not hand out. Thank you to George Handran and the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation for making it possible for these wonderful people to pursue their dreams.
I look forward to seeing everyone again in November and hearing your updates on your schooling and what’s next. Best of luck to those soon to begin their fall class/classes.
Mary Q. Pedersen
Board of Directors, Fountain House