Scholarships boost future alumni
by Keith Stichtenoth, associate executive director, UC Alumni Association
An emphasis on "scholarship" is a hallmark of UC's great history, as well as a cornerstone of UC|21, the university's academic plan to build on that great history.
Not surprisingly, "scholarship" has been fundamental to the UC Alumni Association's work for many years. It's an acknowledgement of the achievements of all UC alumni, a way to reward and encourage excellence in our future alumni and the means to provide greater opportunities for the direct descendants of UC graduates to "keep UC in the family."
For the Alumni Association, these goals are largely manifested in the Christos Demakes Legacy Scholarship Program, established in 2000 to honor long-time UC alumni director Chris Demakes, A&S '62, Law '65, for his lifelong commitment to his alma mater. Since then, 170 students have received a total of almost $180,000 in Demakes Scholarship assistance.
Each fall, a new class of incoming freshmen is recognized as Demakes Legacy Scholars. The collective academic profile of this year's class was the most impressive in the program's history. The 31 students had average high school GPAs of 3.93, ACT scores of 29.38 and SAT scores of 1336. They're enrolled in eight different UC colleges and were congratulated by their respective deans at the annual Demakes Scholarship Dinner last October in the Myers Alumni Center.
"I've been thrilled to personally greet our newest Demakes Legacy Scholars each fall, because they so uniquely represent the university's past and future excellence," said Judith Koroscik, dean of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, which often welcomes more Demakes Scholars than any other UC college.
"While DAAP draws outstanding students from all over the world, we especially cherish those who could go anywhere, yet honor their own past as they come to UC. Their commitment brings an extra, invaluable dimension to the university. Indeed, they embody the link between generations that helps perpetuate a special aspect of the UC community."
As students are applying for the Demakes Legacy Scholarship, some are also weighing offers from other universities. Even with their "UC family connections," these are top-tier students who have many options. The Demakes Scholarships can make a difference in these students ultimately choosing UC.
The application window for freshmen who will enter UC in the fall of 2007 is open now through March 1. The only stipulation is that applicants must be lineal descendants (children or grandchildren) of UC alumni who are members of the UC Alumni Association.