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Recently graduated Daniels Pioneers are taking the lead on investing in future generations of business students with the recently founded Young Alumni Endowed Scholarship. Co-chair Tyler Beins of the Recent Graduate Committee says that providing financial support for DU students is crucial because, “by maintaining a competitive application process, the value of a University of Denver degree is increasing.”

Already, the committee has received $49,093 in gifts and awarded several scholarships to students demonstrating academic merit and a spirit of community involvement. According to Beins, the committee hopes to “increase our scholarship award amount by increasing the donor base.” The committee’s goal for the end of DU’s Ascend campaign in 2014 is for the endowment to reach $100,000.

Scholarship recipient Amanda VanDyke is grateful for the scholarship, which allowed her to attend school, focus on her degree and graduate. She also says that the scholarship gave her the chance become more involved in the community. One of her projects, a Pioneer Leadership Program initiative called “It’s an art world after all,” strives to provide a local middle school with a performing arts program.

The Recent Graduate Committee hopes to provide more deserving junior and senior students like Amanda with scholarship awards that will allow them to attend DU while giving back to the community. A series of promotions during the upcoming school year, such as monthly happy hour networking events, Homecoming and a Winter Ball, will be held with the goal of encouraging more alumni to step up and aid this cause. Co-chair Beins urges potential donors, “all gifts have an impact – no amount is too small.”

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