Plymouth, N.H. –– College campuses are filled with people working behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly. From the person who swipes ID cards at the dining hall to the people in financial aid, institutions of higher education provide learning opportunities for their students and careers for employees, each one needing the other. Plymouth State University is no different.
In 2000, the operating staff of Plymouth State decided to create a scholarship as a way to give back to the students.
Julie-Anne Whitney, a double major in Acting and Dramatic Writing with an on-campus job in the HUB (Hartman Union Building), has been named the 2007 recipient of the Operating Staff’s award.
“I think the best part for me is being recognized for who I am and what I do,” said Whitney. “My entire life on campus changed when I started working in the HUB. The six women I work with there are some of the best people I have ever known in my life. So knowing this scholarship is related to them, makes it that more special and that much more important to me.”
When the Operating Staff began raising money, they started off with bake sales, turkey raffles and car washes, raising what they could, with local businesses also donating prizes. Eventually, they moved up to exotic trips, including an excursion to Bermuda. Then, when word spread about what their goal was, an anonymous donor matched their $5,000 total, doubling their scholarship.
“They give a lot to us and this was a way for us to give back to them,” said Deb Underwood, a member of the scholarship committee, who works in residential life. “Without them we wouldn’t be here. We wouldn’t have jobs.”
Whitney, who hails from Laconia, is the scholarship’s second recipient. In order to be eligible, a student must be a sophomore, junior or senior New Hampshire resident in good academic standing.
“Julie-Anne’s involved in so many different things,” said Diane Tillotson, a member of the scholarship committee who works in the PSU’s institutional advancement office. “We saw her as being a very well rounded person in terms of her academic work, her volunteer work, and her student work. She has given so much of herself in the past three years to different places and people on campus and that was attractive to us.”
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