After two years of fundraising, the scholarship quickly reached its minimum endowment mark this year — enough to present its first award.
The inaugural recipient is Bryan Bosworth ’14, who is pursuing a major in Spanish and a minor in Secondary Education. When Bosworth got word that he was the first to receive theGOLD Scholarship, he was studying abroad in Granada, Spain.
“I cannot express how grateful I am to have received this scholarship. I will never forget the generosity and kindness of Stonehill graduates,” says Bosworth, a native of Bridgewater who is a member of the Honors Program; the Education Department’s honors society, Kappa Delta Pi; and the Spanish Club.
Bosworth 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 2003-2012 are considered GOLD gifts. Currently, there are approximately 75 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, Bosworth will receive support as he works toward his goal of becoming an educator. When he returns to Stonehill from Spain, Bosworth plans to resume classes, serve as a teaching assistant for an advanced Spanish class and work off campus as a volunteer at the English Transcultural Center in Brockton. He also hopes to spend time at local high schools, observing and helping in classrooms, to gain teaching experience.
“When I graduate in 2014, I have set my goals high,” says Bosworth. “I plan to earn my Master’s in education. It is my dream to one day be a high school Spanish teacher in an urban school district.”
GOLD giving plays a critical role in helping the College to provide valuable programs and services for current students like Bosworth. Thanks to our GOLD donors, he is well on his way to meeting his goals.