On Friday November 16, the University of Delaware Honors Program held a reception to recognize and thank of the Unidel Foundation. The newest beneficiaries—The 18 Eugene duPont Memorial Scholars of the class of 2016—received a book about the Foundation’s history that so generously funds their education.
The reception began with an introduction by Honors Program Director Michael Arnold followed by remarks from the Secretary and Treasurer of the Unidel Foundation and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Public Policy, Dr. G. Arno Loessner. Quoting the Rev. Francis Alison, Prof. Loessner reminded the Eugene duPont Scholars that to “those whom much is given, much is expected” and encouraged them to be “engaged leaders on campus and in the broader community”. Interim Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Interim Deputy Provost Ann Ardis, Associate Provost Peggy Bottorf, and 27 upperclassmen Eugene duPont Scholars were also in attendance.
Eugene duPont Scholars John Klodnicki, Rachel Iberz and Laura Powell were impressed with the story of the Unidel Foundation and of the generosity of Miss Amy DuPont. “[Hearing the story] you realize that they were actual people” comments John. “We’re a small part of that [legacy]…someday we’ll be a big part!” Events like this are appreciated by the Eugene duPont Scholar community as the students are spread out in many majors across all seven colleges at the University. “We don’t always get to see each other that often, so it was nice to get together” said Laura.
Eugene duPont Scholars like John, Rachel and Laura represent some of the University’s best and brightest and are the recipients of what Prof. Loessner called “one of the most generous scholarships in higher education today”. Thanks to the generosity of the Unidel Foundation, The Honors Program will continue to be a talent magnet for many years to come.