Annual Scholarship Luncheon Brings Together Donors and Students

Scholarship donors Dr. John Beaumier (L) and Mary Jane Beaumier (R) with scholarship recipient, Leah Normand. Dr. Beaumier is a member of the NMU Foundation Board. He and his family also donated $1 million to establish the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center.

For the second year, the NMU Foundation sponsored the Annual Scholarship Luncheon. The Luncheon was established to provide an opportunity to thank scholarship donors and bring them together with the students who are benefitting from their generosity.

Over 200 students, donors and members of the campus community attended. Featured speakers included Ken Bureau ’65. Ken and his wife established the Ken and Virginia Bureau Scholarship for management and marketing students.

Student speakers included scholarship recipients Brennen Busse and Angela Neumann.

NMU Foundation Trustee and scholarship donor, James Lombard (far right), with recipients from left: Margaret Vincent, Lindsay Clarkson and Samantha Legerman.

Both students thanked the donors who were present and all donors who generously contribute to scholarship funds.

In his speech, Brennen quoted Henry Brooks Adams - “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” - and thanked scholarship donors Christine Belles and William Kono for providing him with the opportunity to become a “teacher who affects eternity.”

Read the full text of Brennen Busse’s speech (pdf).

Read the full text of Angela Neumann’s speech (pdf).

From Left:  Yuka Sano, Satomi Murakawa, scholarship donor and NMU International Studies Program Director, John Weting, Hiromi Nakamura, and Obisi Lashore

Privately-funded scholarships and student success at NMU:

For over a century, Northern Michigan University has dedicated itself to providing the widest possible access to uncompromised excellence in education and student enrichment. As a result, NMU graduates have gone on to become leaders in the arts, the sciences, business and industry and to demonstrate a commitment to civic and global engagement and to the health and welfare of their neighbors and the world.

A key to this success has been the growing private support provided to students through scholarships.

The critical role of scholarships in sustaining this legacy of access, service and achievement has never been more important.

Thank you to all of our generous donors.