Golf tournament raises $94,000 for scholarships
The Fitchburg State University Foundation held its 15th annual golf tournament on Monday at Oak Hill Country Club, where President Robert V. Antonucci announced that $94,000 had been raised toward student scholarships.
“Our goal heading into the tournament was $75,000, but thanks to the generosity of our players and sponsors, we were able to raise $94,000 that we will put toward breaking down the barriers to a university education,” Antonucci said. “The tournament is always a great event, in large part because of the direct impact its proceeds will have on the lives of our students.”
The golf tournament has grown each year of its existence, with this year’s event sold out months in advance. Unitil was the tournament sponsor, with Chartwells College & University Dining Services the premier sponsor. Dozens of other sponsors contributed to the success of the tournament.
“I am continually amazed by the consistent, high-level support our sponsors have shown for the mission of public higher education,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Christopher P. Hendry. “Our donors recognize the value of what we do and we are proud to call them our friends and partners.”
Continuing a recent tradition, President Antonucci presented three $1,000 scholarships to students during the dinner that followed the tournament: Alexander Ajede of Fitchburg, majoring in English with a concentration in professional writing Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in clinical exercise philosophy; Katrina Brown of Fitchburg, majoring in communications media with a concentration in professional communication; and Kelsey Sterzcala of Oxford, right, a junior majoring in communications media with a concentration in professional communication with a minor in business administration.
The golf tournament is the biggest fundraiser for the Fitchburg State University Foundation, which last year provided more than $200,000 in student scholarships.