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30th Annual Scholarship Ball Raises Record Total for UNH Students

Release Date:
4/29/2013 12:00 AM

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(From left to right) President’s Award recipient William L. Bucknall Jr. ’63 A.S., ‘65 B.S., Chairman of the UNH Board of Governors Phil Bartels, Distinguished Alumni Awardee Don Fertman ’76 B.A., UNH President Steven H. Kaplan, Distinguished Alumni Awardee Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal  '94 B.S., and Distinguished Alumni Awardee Arthur Steier '89 EMBA.


WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The University of New Haven Alumni Association raised $862,000 for students at its 30th Annual Alumni Scholarship Ball on Saturday, April 20.

The ball, UNH’s major fundraising event, was attended by more than 350 guests who participated in a dinner, a silent auction, a live auction and dancing. Last year, the ball raised over $500,000. The previous record tally was $860,000, raised two years ago.

 “We are pleased with the generous amount raised at this year’s ball,” said President Steven Kaplan.  “Scholarship funds are critically important, as there are many deserving students who otherwise would not be able to pursue their dreams of earning a college education. Our success is the result of the support of our alumni, friends, area businesses, faculty, staff and major donors. I greatly appreciate their support. Their participation makes a difference to our students.”


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Click here for a photo gallery of the auction, dinner and dancing

Click here for a photo gallery of the honorees

Click here for the video honoring William Bucknall

Click here for the video honoring Arthur Steier

Click here for the video honoring Don Fertman

Click here for the video honoring Merryl Tengesdal


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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 operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University 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 College of Lifelong & eLearning, 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.