More than 200 golfers participating in the recent 19th Annual Worcester State Foundation Golf Tournament, helped to raise more than $90,000 for the Foundation’s endowment.
In addition to student scholarships, Foundation dollars support student research. Grants from the Student Research Fund have helped students such as Kevin Karanja ’12, who spoke at the dinner and awards ceremony. While a chemistry student, he worked as a research assistant at WSU and Holy Cross, and presented his protein and hydrogen research at two Massachusetts conferences and one in San Diego, Calif. Karanja received a Foundation grant last year to participate in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting. Karanja told the crowd proudly, “I graduated with zero debt, thanks to all of you.”
The combination of his research and acceptance as a conference presenter enriched his Worcester State education beyond measure, Karanja noted. “As a result, I hope to mentor undergraduate students to participate in opportunities that broaden their skill set beyond the classroom,” he said.
“Your support is so important to our students,” President Barry Maloney told golfers. “It is essential to helping them realize their dreams.” Foundation President Gregg Rosen ’86 added, “We are on a solid path of success. Our foundation was established 15 years ago with only 15 scholarships. Today we have a $15 million endowment. With your support, we will continue to fund student scholarships and their research and creative accomplishments.”
Tournament sponsors included: Presenting Sponsor Gene J. DeFeudis Family Foundation; Gold Sponsor Chartwells; Silver Sponsor Coca-Cola; and Bronze Sponsors Bank of America, Bollus Lynch, Charter Business, Follett Higher Education Group and Liberty Mutual.
This was the second year golfers played on two courses, Wachusett Country Club and Kettle Brook Golf Club.
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