I was invited to attend a reception at the Avery Research Center on September 9th to receive my award and honor the other twenty recipients of the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation Scholarship. The Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation was founded in 1999 by Nicholas Gavalas and Dr. Ronald Kolanko to help disabled students finance their post-secondary education. In the last 15 years, over $100,000 dollars has been awarded to students with disabilities from the College of Charleston, the Citadel, Charleston Southern University, MUSC and Trident Technical College.
The reception was well attended by the family and friends of the recipients, GKF board members, the Charleston media and prominent community members. Each recipient was honored with a brief mention as they accepted their awards. I was absolutely humbled to be included in such an inspiring group of people and am so thankful for the recognition and support of the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation in helping me complete my Master’s degree at the College of Charleston.
Maggie is a second year student in the History MA program and is a Graduate Assistant in the Graduate School Office. We congratulate her on this momentous award!