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Campbellsville University’s Derby Rose Gala raises $25,000 for scholarship funding

Campbellsville University’s ninth annual Derby Rose Gala, sponsored by President and Mrs. Michael V. Carter and the Advancement Board, raised $25,000 in scholarship funds for university students, adding to the grand total of $300,000 raised over the past nine years.

“The Derby Rose Gala is just a wonderful opportunity for people to get dressed up, come out and have a great evening but know that they are helping the cause in student scholarships,” said Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communication and assistant to the president at CU.

According to Benji Kelly, vice president for development, the funds raised from the Derby Rose Gala help to keep education affordable for CU students, such as Breanne E. Ward, a CU junior from Otisco, Ind.

From left , Sara Curry, chair of the Advancement Board, and Gwinn Hahn, chair of the Derby Rose Gala, third from left, give a Certificate of Recognition to Dr. Pat Cowherd, dean of the School of Business, Economics and Technology, who represented the School. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)

In speaking to the crowd of alumni, visitors, faculty and fellow students filling Winters Dining Hall, Ward indicated that half of her tuition has been covered by university scholarships.

Carter praised the event’s organizers for their efforts on behalf of CU students.

“We work hard to provide our students scholarships, and efforts like tonight are why we are consistently in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for lowest student debt upon graduation,” he said.

In addition to the gala supporting student scholarships, CU’s mass communication students worked to cover the event, providing valuable hands-on opportunities for those studying mass communication.

This was Alex Meade’s third year covering the gala.

Meade, a senior from Paintsville, Ky., is completing an area in mass communication and an area in social studies.

“The first year I was an assistant producer for the radio station WLCU 88.7, the Tiger,” Meade said. “The second year I was a camera operator for the hosts. This year I was the director of the television coverage.

“The gala is great for mass communication students to take part in because it is real world experience. Hardly any other schools do coverage of a red carpet event like this. It is a great element to add to a resume, but more importantly it’s just great to have the experience of the gala for the jobs we want in the future.”

Advancement Board member Gwinn Hahn, a 1970 Campbellsville College graduate, was chair of the gala, and Betty Hord, a 1968 alumna, was in charge of decorations. Sara Curry, also a student at the university in the late 1960s, is chair of the Advancement Board.

A U.S. News & World Report, released Sept. 13, 2016, lists Campbellsville University as being in the top five best universities with the lowest student debt upon graduation. The report touted Campbellsville University in helping students keep college debt among the lowest in the south regional universities category, comparing it to other southern schools with a similar ranking such as the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, William Carey University in Mississippi, the University of North Florida and the University of South Florida.

From CU Communications

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