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Scholarship Ball Raises Nearly $500,000 for Deserving Students

Release Date:
4/23/2012 2:22 PM

More Than 400 Guests Attended This Year’s Ball

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Honorees at the 29th annual Scholarship Ball on April 21 posed with President Steve Kaplan at the Black and White Gala.  From left, David J. Peterson ’88 B.S., Kaplan, K. Oni Chukwu '94 M.B.A., Debra A. Bremer '90 M.B.A and Samuel S. Bergami Jr. '85 E.M.B.A., chairman of the UNH Board of Governors, who was presented with the President’s Award.

The UNH Alumni Association’s 29th Annual Alumni Scholarship Ball raised nearly $500,000 for student scholarships on Saturday, April 21, in the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center on the UNH Main Campus.

Attended by more than 400 guests, the Scholarship Ball featured awards, dinner, a silent auction, a live auction and dancing. The event is UNH’s largest annual scholarship fund raising event.

“The Scholarship Ball celebrates each year the accomplishments of distinguished alumni and raises critical scholarship funds for deserving students who otherwise would not be able to pursue their dreams of earning a college education,” said President Steve Kaplan. “We very much appreciate the support of our alumni, friends, local businesses, faculty, staff and major donors. Their participation is what makes the ball so successful.”

Three distinguished UNH alumni were honored at the event.  They are Debra A. Bremer
'90 M.B.A., of Ledyard, Conn.,  vice president, Worldwide Research & Development Business Technology,  Pfizer, Inc.; K. Oni Chukwu '94 M.B.A. of Orange, Conn., chief financial officer, Triple Point Technology, Inc.; and David J. Peterson,'88 B.S. of Deerfield, Fla.,  president and chief executive officer of 4 Media Online, a credit card technology and consulting business.  Chukwu and Peterson are members of the UNH Board of Governors.

The UNH President’s Award was presented at the ball to Samuel S. Bergami Jr. '85 E.M.B.A., of Milford, Conn., president and chief executive officer of Alinabal, and chairman of the UNH Board of Governors.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a long-time friend of the university, attended the ball and praised UNH for its progress during Kaplan’s tenure as president. He said the university contributes greatly to Connecticut.

Over the past three decades, the scholarship ball has provided millions of dollars to help deserving students attend UNH.

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The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.