After two years of fundraising, the scholarship quickly reached its minimum endowment mark and was awarded for the first time in the 2012-2013 academic year.
The 2013-2014 recipient is Elyse Sutkus ’14, who is pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish.
"I truly cannot express how much I appreciate your support, and it means so much to me to be recognized for my accomplishments and my involvement at Stonehill." says Sutkus, a native of Rutland who is a member of the Honors Program.
Sutkus was selected for meeting the GOLD Scholarship criteria including:
- Rising junior or senior
- GPA of at least 3.0
- Demonstrated financial need
- Commitment to the Stonehill community
As a component of the Stonehill College Fund, all gifts made to the College by alumni from the classes of 2005-2014 are considered GOLD gifts. Currently, there are approximately 100 GOLD volunteers — who have committed to making personal gifts to the College each year in addition to encouraging friends and classmates to do the same.
With the GOLD Scholarship, Sutkus will receive the support she needs to take advantage of every opportunity Stonehill has to offer. This year she plans to intern at a local non-profit organization and will be spending spring break building houses in New Orleans with the Louisiana H.O.P.E. trip.
By her own admission Elyse has set high expectations for herself, "After graduating this coming spring, I plan to complete a year or two of volunteer service abroad through the Peace Corps or potentially Stonehill’s Extension Program and after, attend graduate school to work in the field of international development."
GOLD giving plays a critical role in helping the College to provide valuable programs and services for current students like Elyse. Thanks to our GOLD donors, she is well on her way to meeting her goals.