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Tulane students meet donors who make their dreams possible

March 29, 2017


Tulane alumna Victoria Reggie Kennedy (L ’79) served as keynote speaker for the university’s 2017 Celebration of Scholarship March 19.

Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer

By Caroline McDougall

Tulane University endowed scholarship recipients received an opportunity to meet the donors supporting their studies during the 2017 Celebration of Scholarship event March 19 in the Glazer Family Club at Yulman Stadium.

As a jazz trio played in the background, nearly 200 student-scholars and endowed scholarship benefactors networked and learned about each other.

This second annual Celebration of Scholarship is a burgeoning new Green Wave tradition dedicated to celebrating the impact of philanthropy in the lives of students and benefactors.

“This event is a special one, because it offers such an exclusive opportunity to bring everyone together to reflect on how scholarships have the capacity to change lives for both the recipient and the donor,” said Robin Forman, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Tulane Law student Grace Hancock (L ’19) from Atlanta, recipient of the Courtney Harrington LeBoeuf Environmental Law Scholarship, said that after learning the fund was created in memory of the donor’s daughter, she realized there was much more meaning behind her attendance at Tulane.

“I’ve learned that my scholarship was more than a name on a piece of paper,” Hancock said. “After meeting my donors, I realized that I’m not just going to law school for myself. I am doing it to carry on the legacy of a student who was just as passionate in environmental law as I am.”

Inspired by her own experience of such generosity, keynote speaker Victoria Reggie Kennedy, both a Newcomb College and Tulane law alumna, shared her story on how a scholarship changed the course of her family’s life and how essential it is to return the favor.

“Thanks to an initial scholarship awarded to my father, Judge Edmund Reggie (L ’49), my family was able to have the Tulane dream,” said Kennedy (L ’79), a new member of the Tulane Law Dean’s Advisory Board. “Tulane changes lives, and I hope everyone keeps giving back for the next generation of scholars.”

The Reggie family in 2014 created the Judge Edmund M. Reggie Scholarship Endowed Fund. Two of Kennedy’s siblings also are Tulane Law alumni: Alicia Reggie Freysinger (L ’85) and Gregory Reggie (L ’82).

Student speaker Josh Treloar, recipient of the Dr. Robert L. and Sterling P. Allen Scholarship and Robert Chadwick Hills Medical Scholarship, closed by addressing donors and explaining how the scholarships are making it possible for him to achieve his dream to deliver medical care to many underserved communities.

“When you invest in Tulane, you are investing in a community of service, and that investment is appreciated in helping a new generation of scholars continue the Tulane tradition to give back through service and charity,” he said.

A version of this story originally appeared in Tulane University’s New Wave.


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