Annual Scholarship Dinner is a Cause for Celebration

Carpe Diem Award Winners honored and funds raised for student scholarships

Photo: Mike Peters

Carpe Diem Award recipient Susan L. Blount with Board of Trustees Chair Douglas L. Kennedy.

More than 300 members of the University community and friends gathered together at the University Hall Conference Center on April 29 for the Montclair State University Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Dinner. The dinner is held each year to honor Carpe Diem Award recipients and to raise funds for student scholarships.

Always a festive occasion, this year’s dinner was especially so as President Susan A. Cole announced to the applause of those in attendance that the remarkable sum of around $300,000 had been raised for student scholarships. The donors’ exceptional generosity will enable many students who might otherwise have difficulty paying for their educations, to be able pursue their academic goals.

This year’s recipient of the Carpe Diem Award was Susan L. Blount, senior vice president and general counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc. and a member of the Montclair State University Board of Trustees. The award, which honors particularly distinguished Montclair State alumni and friends for their outstanding professional and personal achievements, was presented by Board of Trustees Chair Douglas L. Kennedy.

Also honored at the dinner were six Montclair State students: Michelle Cartagena, Afshan Ladha, Zalaya Ivy, Erika Schnatz, Ian Honauer, and Matthew Hyde. The six, all scholarship recipients themselves, have distinguished themselves as embodying the University’s “Seize-the-Day” spirit, and each received the Student Carpe Diem Award from President Cole.

See more photos from the event.

View the multimedia presentation about the student award recipients.