College of Visual Arts and Design Hosts Appreciation Luncheon for Scholarship Donors

Jaime Blanton

For College of Visual Arts and Design senior Mercy Lomelin, the scholarship she received from the Clampitt Paper Company Creative Center allowed her to “be bold.”

“As college students we know how to make money stretch,” she said. “For me, I stretched my scholarship so far that I could take a chance and stretch myself as an artist in New York.”

Lomelin spent the summer working at an advertising agency in New York City “learning more by doing the real work than any class hypothetical can teach.”

She says the scholarship changed her life and opened her eyes to what is possible in her field.

“Thank you just doesn’t really say it,” she said. “These donors must know they are making a difference, but I wish we could really show them how big that difference can be. For me, my scholarship was huge.”

Lomelin joined other scholarship recipients at CVAD’s annual donor appreciation luncheon April 16 in UNT’s University Union. She and several other students shared their stories at the event. The luncheon offered donors an opportunity to meet and share a meal with their scholarship recipients.

Scholarship recipient Hannah Mabry invited her mom, UNT Parent Association President Elizabeth Cheney, to be one of her guests at the luncheon. Cheney said the scholarship her daughter received offered more than financial support.

“When Hannah received her scholarship, it was so overwhelming for all of us,” Cheney said. “It was a testament to her hard work. It was an acknowledgement that she has a lot of potential and is a talented artist. And, it offered that boost of confidence she needed to confirm not only that she is in the right major, but also that we made the right choice in attending college at a place that cares as much about students as UNT.”

“This event is always one of the highlights of my year,” said longtime scholarship donor Jacque-Budrow-Prager.

Budrow-Prager, who was instrumental in bringing the acclaimed Texas Fashion Collection to UNT, established the Barney Budrow Memorial Scholarship in Fashion Design to honor her late husband.

“The scholarship was established because I can think of no better way to honor a person than for their legacy to support the college education of future generations of students,” she said.

UNT President V. Lane Rawlins and his wife, Mary Jo, were also at the luncheon. President Rawlins endowed a scholarship in fashion design in 2012 to commemorate his wife’s birthday.

“I still get props for this gift,” he joked at the event. “It’s hard to top a gift that helps make college possible for a young person.”

Mary Jo Rawlins said the gift is something she will always cherish. “Today’s events are a testament to just how special a scholarship really is,” she said.

Photo: CVAD donor Paul Voertman, center, with three of the students who received scholarships this year thanks to his generosity.