(Fresno, Calif.) The Bulldog Pride Fund at Fresno State honored its 2009-10 scholars – Allison Zulewski, Leonel Barajas and Julia Scott – on Oct. 16, 2009, at a reception held at the Smittcamp Alumni House.
Bulldog Pride Fund alumnus and donor Jared Lindo (Class of 2009) welcomed guests and thanked them for attending. He also shared his Fresno State experience and why he continues to donate to the BPF.
Lindo introduced Peter Robertson, BPF founder, who announced the launching of the Bulldog Pride Fund’s twitter site: http://twitter.com/bulldogprideorg. Robertson also presented alumna and donor Lauren Chalmers with a small Bulldog trophy and thanked her for “participating in the payroll deduction process to support the Bulldog Pride Fund.” Chalmers surprised everyone in attendance by hand-delivering two donations of $500 and $250 to the BPF.
Katia Deleo introduced Allison Zulewski, BPF scholar, freshman and liberal studies major.
“My family and I are blessed for your support, said Zulewski. “I am very honored to be selected as a Bulldog Pride Fund scholar.”
Leonel Barajas, BPF scholar and freshman majoring in mass communication and journalism, was introduced by Brenda Franco.
“Thank you so much to all the Bulldog Pride Fund donors for your support and for helping me with my educational journey, stated Barajas. “I’m using my scholarship to buy books and other needed school supplies.”
Cynthia Elliott introduced Julia Scott, BPR scholar, junior and fine art major.
“The Bulldog Pride Fund has enabled me to follow my educational dreams,” said Scott. “I will do my very best to represent the spirit of the BPF in all that I do.”
Each scholar was presented a small Bulldog trophy with the Latin inscription — BONUS INTRA. MELIOR EXI. — which translates to English as “Enter good. Exit Better.”
Joan Hughes, BPF donor and volunteer gave the scholars a handmade quilt representing “the warmth the community has for them.” She also presented a quilt to Robertson.
Later that same evening, each scholar was additionally honored at the Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala held at the Save Mart Center with nearly 650 guests attending. Scholars were also provided $1,000 of their $2,000 scholarships, as the remaining $1,000 will be made available in Jan. of 2010.
As of Oct. 19, 2009, Bulldog Pride Fund donations total $167,136.36.
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