HOPE Scholarship Dinner
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Please join me in again thanking our scholarship recipients for their remarks.
If you ask someone what they think of when they think about higher education, you will get many different answers. For some, it's the academic majors that are available. For others, it's the various aspects of campus life. And for others, it's community outreach both academically and culturally.
For me, the first aspect I think of is hope. The kind of hope epitomized by these scholarship recipients and symbolized by the very name of the scholarship they have received. The H.O.P.E. scholarship - Helping Our People Excel - truly exemplifies not only the ideals of higher education but what an education can mean to the future of these students and to our nation. At a time when our economy faces many challenges we can look to the future with optimism because of the hope these students provide us all.
The success of these students is also due in large part to the members of the Gifted Minority Scholarship committee - now the HOPE Diversity Scholarship Committee --, led by co-chairs Dr. Mary Stewart and Dr. Ronnie Tucker. Each year they work to select the recipients and then continue to provide support as the students work toward their degrees. And, all of this is in addition to their regular work inside and outside the classroom. Will the members of the committee please stand and be recognized?
We all recognize that the current fiscal uncertainty is having and will have a profound and long-term impact on our country. Sir Winston Churchill, who knew a bit about overcoming adversity, said: "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Well, you all know me; I am the half-full glass of water guy --We, at Ship, see opportunity!!!
What you see tonight is the legacy of the university - both its current successes and the future of Ship. In this room, we have benefactors whose generosity enables hundreds of students to attend this great university. We also have outstanding faculty members - some of the best I know - who share their knowledge and wisdom, and others who provide the support services needed by students. And there are our students - the true heart of this university and the reason we do what we do.
This is a celebration of the spirit of generosity. It is a chance by the university, and by the student scholarship recipients, to thank the many individuals in this room - and we thank those who were unable to attend - for what they have done for the university as a whole and for each student.
I have had and continue to have the pleasure to meet with our donors and to hear the reasons why they support student scholarships. The reasons are as varied as the donors, but they do have one thing in common. That is the belief that our students are the best hope we all have for our world's future. None of us know what each of these students will eventually achieve, but we do know that they will use their Shippensburg education - the one they earned thanks to that scholarship - to be successful.
Everyone in this room tonight - the scholarship recipients, the faculty, friends, family and others from the university community, and the many donors to the fund - are truly optimists. We all see that the future can be bright and that successes are possible thanks to the unlimited potential of these students. As fast as the world has changed in the past two decades or so, it would be presumptuous of me to predict where the world will be in another two decades or so.
It is safe to say, I think, that the students here tonight will be in the forefront of leading that new world. And that leadership will be made possible, in part, by the generosity of everyone who has contributed or will contribute to this scholarship fund or who is working to help our students reach their academic and personal dreams. That support is greatly appreciated by all of us here at this great place we call Ship.
Shippensburg University is also pleased to have WITF as the presenting media sponsor for this evening's event. We'd like to recognize Bob Rich, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and his staff who are in the audience tonight. (Please stand). Thanks for joining us. WITF is proud to announce the launch of WYPM 93.3, the new NPR station for listeners in Franklin and Adams counties. 93.3 feature the same trusted news and information as 89.5, with programs such as Morning Edition, Radio Smart Talk, Fresh Air and All Things Considered. For more information about 93.3, 89.5 or other WITF projects, please visit www.witf.org
Scholarship, Leadership, Partnership, Stewardship, Entrepreneurship, Championship, Mentorship, Internship, Citizenship and, yes I say with great pride, Flagship. We are Ship!!! Thank you again for being here and thank you for your support.
JUAN WILLIAMS INTRODUCTION
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the highlight of our celebration of Shippensburg University's annual H.O.P.E. Scholarship Program.
First, let me say that Shippensburg University is pleased to have WITF as the presenting media sponsor for this evening's event. We'd like to recognize Bob Rich, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and his staff who are in the audience tonight. Thanks for joining us. WITF is proud to announce the launch of WYPM 93.3, the new NPR station for listeners in Franklin and Adams counties. 93.3 features the same trusted news and information as 89.5, with programs such as Morning Edition, Radio Smart Talk, Fresh Air and All Things Considered. For more information about 93.3, 89.5 or other WITF projects, please visit www.witf.org.
In the more than two-decade history of this program, we have been honored to have as our guests at these programs individuals of international renown and tonight we are fortunate to have yet another outstanding individual.
Juan Williams is one of America's leading journalists regularly appearing on Morning Edition, Day to Day, and CNN. He is knowledgeable and charismatic and brings insight and depth to a breadth of issues and ideas for the 21st century. Through his writings and appearances on radio and television, Juan Williams has consistently won fans with his perceptive and reasoned thoughtfulness on the many political issues of our day. He is the author of six books that range from the critically acclaimed biography of Thurgood Marshall: Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary; to the Black religious experience in America: This far By Faith: Stories of the African American Religious Experience.
In his latest book, "Enough-The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That are Undermining Black America-and What We Can Do About It" he provides a solution-based look that calls upon us to not lose sight of the true values of the Civil Rights Movement.
He is renowned as an expert moderator for seminars and debates. As the senior correspondent at National Public Radio and political analyst for Fox television, he is at the cutting edge of America's culture. He will also sign his book after his talk.
Tonight, he will present "Eyes on the Prize: The Truths of American Race Relations" Ladies and gentlemen, Juan Williams.