PIQUA — More than 145 students were recognized at Edison State Community College Alumni Association’s annual scholarship banquet recently. The banquet was held to provide recipients with the opportunity to meet the patrons who made their scholarships available.
Following networking and dinner, Steve Baker, Northern Bureau chief at WHIO spoke encouraging words to the scholarship recipients about the education he received while attending Edison State.
“I took a number of classes at Edison State, when it was located at the old Spring Street school across from George’s Ice Cream Shop,” said Baker. “My education was funded through the G.I. Bill that I had earned through the service of the United States Navy for four years during the Vietnam conflict and I was grateful to the taxpayers who made that possible.”
“My message is very simple; we all have a lot to be grateful for but especially you who are receiving these scholarships,” added Baker. “Continue your education, study hard, and get your degree or degrees. They will open doors for you and give you earning power. Get into a career that you’re passionate about. Appreciate your employers for the job and be thankful for the benefits. Take every opportunity to give back to Edison State so that other members of the community can continue to benefit from scholarship funding like you are.”
Founded in 1993, the Edison Foundation has raised millions of dollars and their primary giving is through scholarships to Edison State students.
Scott Burnam, vice aresident of Student Affairs, offered words of advice to the scholarship recipients. “Build buildings, build businesses, build lives with meaning and purpose, build people and through them build the communities by your choice of career and work. Build the world you want to live in.”
Made possible by the Edison Foundation, Edison State Community College, and local organization sponsorships, recipients honored were awarded over $100,000 in academic scholarships and need-based scholarships. Scholarships awarded will aid in students’ pursuit of higher education at Edison State Community College.