This is the time of year when students, new and returning, apply for scholarships. Every year we are amazed by the academic depth of these young people. We realize just how many outstanding students we continue to attract to the institution. Our students are dynamic and truly individualistic. That is part of the beauty of being part of a liberal arts college. We attract terrific individuals.
The interests of our students are extremely broad, giving an even deeper richness to the life of this campus. Whether they are on field trips examining the geology of the region, in studios preparing for a musical presentation or gathering on one of our athletic fields or courts practicing for the next big game, they are integrated into the core of this wonderful college.
Unfortunately, each year we see more and more young people struggle financially to stay at Fort Lewis. Last year 350 students received Foundation scholarships. It was up 100 from the year before. The numbers continue to grow as we are adversely affected by the economy. Can you imagine what Fort Lewis would be like if we didn't have these exciting students?
The Foundation continues to work diligently to raise funds to support these young people. However, it is because of you that they are able to continue their education. They have you to thank for their success. You are wonderful donors who have created scholarships that these young people use to further their education. Without your kindness and understanding many would not be able to continue to reach their goals.
These students grow each year in maturity, knowledge and confidence, and with the amazing educational foundation they receive at Fort Lewis College they will definitely become the leaders of tomorrow.
Thank you for your continued support of these exceptional students. You continue to make a difference in their lives.