Scholarship donors, recipients honored

Sixty-six percent of Metropolitan State University students qualify for financial aid, and scholarships are a critical source of educational funding for many. The Metropolitan State University Foundation strives to build relationships with donors who have a passion for Metropolitan State’s mission and recognize the importance of supporting our students toward degree completion.

Generous donors and the grateful students who have benefitted from their support were honored at the ninth annual Metropolitan State University Foundation Scholarship Celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 5.

For the 2015–16 academic year, 114 awards have been made through Sept. 16 totaling $181,995. Since the inception of its scholarship program in 1987, the Metropolitan State University Foundation has awarded more than 1,400 privately-funded scholarships, totaling approximately $1.5 million.

At the event, student speakers Khalid Dayib and Sai Thao both shared the importance of receiving the financial support from scholarships.

Khalid Dayib, student and scholarship recipient

Dayib, a senior majoring in accounting, said that he is grateful to have received the Forrest W. King Endowed Textbook Scholarship and the Kopp Presidential Scholarship. The first in his family to attend college, he plans to attend law school after graduating from Metropolitan State. He is passionate about social and economic justice and wants to support his community.

Sai Thao, student and scholarship recipient
Sai Thao, student and scholarship recipient

Thao is a sophomore majoring in early childhood studies with a minor in family studies. She received the Reatha Clark King Endowed Scholarship. Thao is juggling her studies with raising four children. She shared that even with the recent death of her father, she has persevered with school in order to be a positive role model to her children on the benefits of higher education.

Metropolitan State is grateful to our generous donors for funding scholarships that support our students as they complete their education.

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