The eighth annual Endowed Named Scholarship Luncheon was held July 18, giving donors who have established a scholarship in their name a chance to meet the student they support. Approximately 150 people attended the luncheon at the Glen View Club in Golf, Illinois.
An Endowed Named Scholarship creates a special bond between donor and Evans Scholar, and the luncheon allows an opportunity for a more personal relationship to develop. Endowed Named Scholarships and other planned gifts help the Evans Scholars Foundation build a stronger future.
Today, there are more than 215 Endowed Named Scholarships.
WGA Director, Evans Scholars Alum and Scholarship Committee co-chair Steve Colnitis was the luncheon’s donor speaker. He celebrated the creation of the Paul J. Binder Endowed Named Scholarship, and spoke at length about the power of the Endowed Named Scholarship program.
Colnitis and others funded the Paul J. Binder Endowed Named Scholarship, which was awarded last year to Indiana Evans Scholar Nick Dattalo. Nick caddied at Oak Park Country Club, and will be a sophomore studying finance. At the luncheon, Nick spoke about what the scholarship means to his family, and expressed his gratitude for the life-changing opportunity he has received with the Evans Scholarship.
When I graduate, I won’t stop being an Evans Scholar," Nick said. "To me, it’s in the backbone of who I am now. It’s a part of my soul. It changed my life so drastically that it is beginning to shape my values and ideals in life. As you continue to the change the lives of many with your generous contributions as donors, it is a life goal of mine to be able to give back in the magnitude that you have."