Scholarship Luncheon Brings Donors and Student Recipients Together


Betty Woods ’51, who established the Elizabeth G. Woods '51 Scholarship in 2011, met the scholarship's first recipient, Sandra Markowitz ’15, who comes from Montpelier, Vermont.

Middlebury’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon was held on May 12, 2012 at Atwater Dining Hall. With more than 200 guests in attendance, it was a wonderful opportunity for donors and student recipients to meet each other, many for the first time.

As of the 2011-2012 academic year, more than 300 expendable and endowed scholarships have been created which benefit more than 490 students per year. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Middlebury is able to offer more than $8.3 million in scholarship financial aid every year.

The event included two moving speeches from seniors Laura Heaberlin, recipient of the Edward N. Gosselin 1915 Scholarship, and Kennedy Mutothori Mugo, recipient of the Carolyn C. and Gregory W. Wheeler ’78 Scholarship. Their speeches captured all the power and promise that scholarship financial aid provides.

We wish to thank the many donors and students who joined us for this very special occasion.

Listen to Our Student Speakers

— Laura Heaberlin ’12

"...I would like to express our gratitude for your altruism in giving us the means to an education which will help us navigate the rest of our lives, without restriction or expectation."

Read Laura's remarks or listen to the audio.


— Kennedy "Mugo" Mutothori Mugo ’12

“I have come to appreciate the cultural wealth that my grandmother possessed and shared with me as it gave me the tools to be successful in today’s diverse world that requires diverse ways of thinking to solve the problems that plague our times.”
Read Mugo's remarks or listen to the audio.