September 13 marked the 22nd annual CALS Scholarship Banquet to honor the college and its departments’ scholarship recipients, generous donors, and dedicated faculty. In attendance were 223 students and their guests, 58 donors, and 54 faculty members.
Alan Grant, dean, and Susan Sumner, associate dean and director of academic programs, both shared messages of appreciation highlighting the significant impacts the generosity of donors have on the future of our college and the successes of our students. In 2011, more than $850,000 in scholarships was awarded. Dean Grant also provided a brief update on the state of the college.
Each year student representatives for the undergraduate and graduate programs are asked to prepare remarks to share the opportunities they have been afforded as a result of receiving scholarships.
Johanna Cricenti, a masters degree candidate in the Department of Horticulture, spoke on behalf of the graduate student scholarship recipients, and Laura Griffin, a junior double majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise and food science and technology represented the undergraduate students.
A donor is also invited to address the audience to share his or her story of what sparked the motivation to give financial support to the college. This year’s guest was J. Pearson, a 1987 alumnus of agricultural economics and board member and CEO of American Trailer Works.
Fresh produce from the Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm was served at the event, which was held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.