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Support fellow Red Hawks, pay tribute to President Cole

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To create opportunities for future Red Hawks, and to recognize President Susan A. Cole’s leadership in transforming Montclair State, this year’s Annual Scholarship Fundraiser is a cause for celebration.

Taking place Saturday, May 22, the event will honor four outstanding alumni who have carried their Montclair State education forward to achieve greatness in their professions and in their communities, as well as recognize President Cole, who has announced her retirement for the end of this academic year after 23 years of distinguished service. Read about President Cole’s leadership.

The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm, with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and a tented reception in front of the newly renovated College Hall. The program will take place at 8:15 pm in the outdoor Amphitheater, featuring performances by College of the Arts students, award presentations to the honorees, and a tribute to President Cole. There will be a dessert reception to close out the evening.

Every scholarship dollar matters for Montclair State students, with more than 70 percent of the University’s students relying on some form of financial assistance to attend college.

“It is essentially up to me to pay for my future,” says Nicole Arakaki, a Dance Education major who received a scholarship in honor of retired dance professor Lori Katterhenry. Arakaki has taken out loans to pay tuition, but without the help from the scholarship, she says, “I don’t know if I’d be here right now. Because of this scholarship, I can focus on gaining the knowledge and experience to grow as an artist and as a person.”

You can give now to support student scholarships, with options to donate in honor of the four honorees and President Cole.

To register for the event, become a sponsor or donate, please visit the Annual Scholarship Fundraiser website. If you have questions about ways to support student scholarships and this year’s event, please contact Erin Higgins.