|Students talk with donors and faculty at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholarship and Fellowship Luncheon on February 25, 2020 (Photo by Amelia Neumeister).|
When it comes to philanthropy, it’s not often that people are able to see the direct impact of their generosity.
But at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s second annual Scholarship Luncheon, held on Feb. 25 at the William C. Wardlaw, Jr. Building, donors and students were seated together for the opportunity to get to know each other over the course of lunch.
After the lunch, two students were invited to give remarks on how they were impacted by the generosity of their benefactors. Laura Mast, a Ph.D. student studying environmental engineering and Georgia Power Fellow, said that having her fellowship has given her the financial stability to take on side projects outside of her research.
“Having stable funding is the most important thing a graduate student can have. It’s what makes all these things possible,” said Mast. “It’s what makes our bigger goal, our larger mission of getting our research into the world, to make the world a better place, possible- at least as far as graduate students are concerned.”
The Scholarship Luncheon was attended by 45 students, alumni and friends who give to CEE scholarships and fellowships.
The event provided an opportunity to introduce student scholarship and fellowship recipients to their donors and give them—and the School—the opportunity to say thank you for their support.