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Interim Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman addresses the crowd of Northwest students, donors, and faculty and staff gathered at Sunday's "Powering Dreams" celebration. The annual event gives students an opportunity to meet and thank the donors who help fund Northwest scholarships. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Interim Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman addresses the crowd of Northwest students, donors, and faculty and staff gathered at Sunday's "Powering Dreams" celebration. The annual event gives students an opportunity to meet and thank the donors who help fund Northwest scholarships. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Sept. 17, 2017

University celebrates students, donors for ‘Powering Dreams’

Northwest Missouri State University students came face-to-face on Sunday with the alumni and friends who have offered support through their contributions to University scholarships Sunday afternoon during the fifth annual “Powering Dreams” celebration of donors and scholars in Bearcat Arena.  

The celebration is a collaborative event that brings together students and University donors as well as faculty and staff representing the University’s academic affairs division, members of the Northwest Foundation, and the friends and families of scholarship recipients.

The afternoon advances, inspires and solidifies Northwest’s mission of focusing on student success – every student, every day, Mike Johnson, Northwest’s vice president of University Advancement, said. About 125 donors attended Sunday’s event.

“We’re telling stories,” Johnson said. “We’re recognizing scholars. We’re giving our gratitude for what this place means and how we fund education. Lifelong learning is what it’s all about at Northwest and what makes this a special place.”

Scholarship recipients were seated at tables with the donors who are directly responsible for helping to fund the education they are receiving at Northwest. The celebration allows students to not only thank donors for their investment but exchange stories about their experiences at Northwest and career plans.

“There is nothing more powerful than to sit in a room full of students who have received a gift from a donor that helps them be successful in their future,” Northwest Interim Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman said. “When (donors) give them the power and the authority to invest in their own future, give them the opportunity to be successful and be the next generation of leaders, I can’t think of anything more powerful than that.”

For students like Dimitric Edwards, a senior English major from Kansas City, Missouri, scholarships allow him to focus on academics and investing himself in the comprehensive experience Northwest offers.

“Every day I wake up, I’m grateful for the scholarships that I have received,” Edwards said. “The scholarships allow me to take part in an experience that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.”

The Northwest Foundation recently announced it secured a record of nearly $13 million in donor funding during the 2017 fiscal year while exceeding its goal for the year by 82 percent.

Scholarship support remains a central mission of the Foundation, which awarded another record of nearly $1 million in scholarships to 1,146 students during FY17, a 13 percent increase from the prior year. The average award increased by 20 percent to a high of about $850 per scholarship.

For more information about the Northwest Foundation or to make a gift to support Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or advance@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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