Kay Merrill (fourth row, third from left) stands with 2019-20 Merrill Family Foundation Scholarship recipients. In the last 10 years alone the Merrill family has provided scholarship awards for more than 1,200 SUNY Cobleskill students.
SUNY Cobleskill’s annual Scholarship Luncheon brings student scholarship recipients together with their generous benefactors. Held in October, the event unites College donors and students, who both draw a common bond with each other through the vision, kindness, and giving spirit that characterize the day.
This year’s Scholarship Luncheon featured remarks from College President Marion A. Terenzio, Vice President for Development John Zacharek, College Foundation Board President John Brust, and Graphic Design Technology student Kathryn Terry. More than 260 students and 65 benefactors were in attendance. In 2019, SUNY Cobleskill students received in excess $530,000 in donor funded scholarships.
During the event, Dr. Terenzio called on donors and students alike, who shared their respective inspirations and aspirations of philanthropy and the academic experience. Fittingly, “giving back” emerged as a common theme among the benefactors, in addition to the importance of investing in future generations. Students discussed how scholarships establish opportunities to pursue their passions on an individual level, while simultaneously inspiring leadership and innovation.
The luncheon concluded with an honorary dedication to the Merrill family. In the last 10 years alone, the Merrill family has provided scholarship awards for more than 1,200 SUNY Cobleskill students. With Kay Merrill on stage, Dr. Terenzio formally dedicated the honorary naming of Otsego Avenue on campus as “Merrill Family Drive” to forever honor the contributions made by the Merrill family to SUNY Cobleskill students spanning several decades.