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Loyola University New Orleans Celebrates Scholarship Donors and Recipients

Loyola press release - April 5, 2016

Qatar Katrina Fund: Special guest is the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States, His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari

Loyola University New Orleans will honor the generosity of those who provided scholarship support for the 2015-16 academic year during its annual Scholarship Donor Dinner, to be held Thursday, April 7, at the Audubon Tea Room. The event also provides scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet their benefactors, thank them personally for their support, and let them know how their scholarships have impacted their lives.

Joining Thursday’s event as a visiting guest is His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States. After Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, is Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, then-Amir of the State of Qatar, established the Qatar Katrina Fund, pledging $100 million to the recovery of the devastated areas. In the months that followed, 18 projects across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama focused on housing, health care and education received funding.

“With a $1.4 million grant from Qatar, Loyola established the Qatar Loyola Scholarship Fund, which provided scholarships to dozens of Loyola students affected by hurricane,” said Chris Wiseman, associate vice president for institutional advancement at Loyola. “We are honored to have Ambassador Al-Kuwari join us Thursday for our annual Scholarship Dinner, where we will celebrate the generous philanthropy of more than 100 funds and families, who have helped our students to pursue and fulfill their college dreams.”

The evening’s program will include music by talented student musicians from the College of Music and Fine Arts and expressions of gratitude from Loyola’s president, the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

The evening’s featured scholarship recipient speakers are senior Linda Hexter of Charlottesville, Va., and junior Autumn Cormier of Sulphur, La. They were chosen in a February “speech-off” contest for scholarship recipients to read aloud their essays about the importance of scholarships. Student essays are heartfelt expressions of gratitude and share what scholarship contributions mean to recipients and their families. The student speaker’s address is a highlight of the evening for Loyola donors, who will be seated with recipients of the scholarships they helped to establish.

Cormier, a junior has received the RosaMary First-Generation Scholarship and the Benson Foundation Scholarship.

Hexter, a mathematics and communications student and graduating senior, has received Loyola’s Kent Mulhahy Grant for Undergraduate Research, the Loyola Alumni Association’s Graduation Award, the Joseph P. Sendker and Juanita C. Sendker Endowed Scholarship (for journalism),the Sidney and Brenda Bezou Mathematics Scholarship, the Conrad Robb Research Endowment scholarship and the Photo Editor Scholarship at The Maroon, Loyola’s 93-year-old award-winning student newspaper.