Boenell Kline, a senior Communications Studies major, shared the story of her personal Bloomsburg University journey with donors and fellow scholarship recipients at the 2016 Annual BU Foundation Scholarship Luncheon and how the support of strangers have had a major impact on her life.
Academic Scholarship Stories
“No one in my family went to college,” said Barbara Willders ’83. She never even considered college as a high school student. Then a teacher saw something in her that she couldn’t see in herself. The teacher, a BU alum, told her, “You’re going to Bloomsburg.” Now president and CEO of the IT consulting company Bogart Advisors, LLC in Lancaster, Barbara says she couldn’t imagine what her life would be like if she hadn’t attended BU and she doesn’t want to try.
In the hopes of giving other students a chance to experience that same personal and professional success he has known, John and his wife, Jamie, recently gave a planned gift to establish The John A. Marzano ’74 and Jamie M. Marzano Scholarship. It is awarded to an incoming freshman or currently enrolled student in an Arts & Sciences, Communications or Marketing major.
Olivia Wolfe, class of 2018, had already decided to attend Bloomsburg when she received word that she had been awarded the C.H. Burgess Scholarship. Her mother is a BU alum and her sister will complete her undergraduate degree at BU this summer, so it was a natural choice. Still, the cost of a college education had her worried, so she was especially grateful for the award. “This scholarship has given me the chance to focus on putting my best foot forward rather than expending all my energy worrying about the financial burden of college,” says Olivia. “This allows me to concentrate on reaching academic goals and pushing myself academically.”
I was an okay student in high school, but I really excelled in college because I had identified my strengths and was able to apply myself. And Bloomsburg was very nurturing during that process. It gave me the broad background to work in a variety of disciplines and eventually start my own business.
I’ve always been fascinated with muscles and bones, so I knew I wanted to go into the medical field, but I didn’t think I’d end up at Bloomsburg. It’s my hometown school, so I’ve always kind of dismissed it, but I was surprised to learn they have a great science and honors program.
As a first-generation college student and the oldest of six kids raised by a single mother, Terrance faced great adversity in deciding to attend college. A Bloomsburg scholarship gave him the confidence and financial support to make a positive impact in his life and the lives of many others.