Alyssa Sutton

More than 100 Eastern Oregon University students and donors celebrated this year’s scholarship recipients on Jan. 31. Tea and Trumpets, which is held annually, brings recipients and donors of scholarships together to acknowledge students’ achievements and donors’ commitments.

The EOU Foundation awarded more than $600,000 in student scholarships for 2017-18 academic year through private gifts and funds.

Patrick Regan, the university’s newly hired executive director of philanthropy and the EOU Foundation, hosted the event and introduced speakers that included EOU President Tom Insko, Foundation President Pat Nearing and several donors and students.

Those students included Eleanor Stuart, Coral Goldstein, Quentin Durfee and Makayla Mangione.

Stuart, who is from Pendleton, is obtaining her degree in Elementary Education and Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) and a minor in Spanish.

“I have received a few EOU Foundation scholarships, and they have helped pay for my entire first two years of college,” Stuart said. “They have really relieved a lot of stress from myself and my family, because we weren’t quite sure how we were going to pay for college when I decided to go.”

With the scholarships she’s received, Stuart has been able to take a few trips of a lifetime for the sake of education.

“With these scholarships I was able to save enough money to study abroad in Spain,” Stuart said, adding that she was able to learn the language, experience the culture, and gain a newfound confidence.

“Now I’m planning on going to the College of Education’s Dominican Republic trip this spring,” she said.”I am incredibly grateful for the various opportunities that these scholarships have opened up for me.”

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer