I love my job. If you’ve read either of my previous blog entries, you already know this… but 8 months later I find it difficult to believe that, when I wake up in the morning, I am still genuinely excited about the prospect of another day at work. I live in a beautiful city, I work at an amazing institution, and my coworkers are incredible. I consider myself uncommonly blessed.
There are, however, those few special days that stand out from the rest. I am happy to say that this past Wednesday was one of those days. This is ‘big envelope’ season, when all of our accepted students discover that they have been invited to become a member of DU’s 2009-2010 first-year class. It is an honor and a privilege to receive this packet, to be sure. We do reward quite a few of our students with a merit scholarship for their academic achievement, but there are a handful of students each year that receive our very prestigious Martin Luther King (or MLK) scholarship. This is a full-tuition award that is given to 8 students that have demonstrated leadership ability, have maintained an outstanding academic record, and actively practice what we at DU call ‘inclusive excellence’. Inclusive excellence is a commitment to creating awareness for, and supporting or participating in those activities that speak to the importance of, the understanding and celebration of diversity both within their community and on a broader, more collective plane as well.
I had the distinct privilege of presenting one MLK honoree with her award in person. Her high school counselor helped plan the surprise event for her, even arranging for her mother to be present at the fairly impromptu ceremony. I took our Associate Director of Admission along to share in the fun… I mean, really, how often do you get to give away a full-tuition scholarship??
We had hoped she would be surprised, and boy, was she ever! I don’t think she had even an inkling of what she was in for when she entered the counseling office. When she saw her mother approach, I knew it was time to give her the happy news. The look on their faces was priceless – exactly the response I had been hoping for! They were genuinely shocked, and a little speechless (understandably so!). The look in her mother’s eyes was the proverbial icing on the cake. She was clearly very proud of what her daughter had accomplished. It was a wonderful thing to witness.
Principal Steve Johnson, Shanna Hamblin, Mrs. Brenda Moore, Erika Moore, Counselor Terry Gerba, Stephanie Cuddihy
I truly hope that DU is at the top of her list. I would absolutely love to see her on campus in the fall!
Stephanie Cuddihy, Admission Counselor