Holiday cheer and goodwill came early to Adams State University. Hoyt Anderson, Class of 1997, pledged to match all donations up to $10,000 at the Adams State University Donor and Student Recognition Dinner on November 4. The evening contributions totaled over $20K and will ease the financial burden for students on their way to achieving their full potential.
“As a community, we can ensure the success of Adams State,” Hoyt said. “I challenge everyone to share their available resources and make a positive difference.”
Tables buzzed with conversation and laughter as students engaged with donors who support their academic careers through scholarships and donations. The annual event recognizes the Adams State University Foundation Willis Fassett Jr. Award recipients as well as the Athletic Department Grizzly Club Awards.
Scholarship recipients expressing their gratitude is always a highlight of the evening. As first-generation college students who worked alongside their parents in the fields, twins Jazmine Palacios-Molinar and Jaqueline Palacios-Molinar truly understand the privilege a degree in higher education can provide and acknowledge the generosity of those who share their resources.
Adams State provided many opportunities for the sisters. They started their academic career through the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which provided much needed support their freshman year and continues to offer resources. As an Hispanic Serving Institution, Adams State has made them feel accepted. “We appreciate the financial assistance through scholarships and are very thankful to all the donors who believe in us,” said Jazmine Palacios-Molina. “One day we hope to give back.”
Athletic Director Katelyn Smith, Class of 2016, presented Alamosa Building Supply, accepted by Anderson, with the Grizzly Club Corporate Partner of the Year; and Leroy A. Espinoza and Frederick St. Cyr Jr., with the GC Individual Partners of the Year.
The recipients of the Willis Fassett Jr. Awards receive a Buffalo Chant bronze, created specifically for the Foundation by the late William Moyers, Class of 1939. Past Adams State Foundation President Duane Bussey, Class of 1982, recognized Paul Morley, Class of 1966, and the Outcalt Foundation for their continued financial support. Trustees Carolyn Kawanabe, Class of 1987, and Karla Shriver, accepted the award on behalf of the Outcalt Foundation.