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Annual luncheon supports alumni who give back

Alumni still making an effort to give back to the university and surrounding community are rewarded annually at the Alumni Association’s Awards Luncheon.

The luncheon will be held on April 26 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel. The event will include 16 different awards recipients and one family with top honors.

This year’s honored family, the Hartwigs, received the “Legacy Award.” The Hartwig family has served its former university, community and professions in many ways, including Mayor of Marshall, Mo., members of Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Pharmacy Association, UMKC Alumni Governing Board and the UMKC Pharmacy Foundation.

The family consists of: B. David Hartwig and his wife Lisa, Steven E. Hartwig, D. Matthew Hartwig, David’s father-in-law and William Tempel.

The annual luncheon is the university’s largest event, selling out for the past three years. Event proceeds go toward a scholarship package to assist students with financial needs. Over the years, the scholarship has been given to about 55 students with a goal of reaching 35 just this year.

“When I learned I had received the Alumni Awards Scholarship I burst into tears,” said Joseph Salazar, a student in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences and a 2010 scholarship recipient. “This scholarship made it possible for me to focus on school and I no longer had to worry about how I was going to find a way to pay my tuition.

I am forever grateful for the UMKC Alumni Association for their help. Receiving the scholarship made me proud to be a Roo, and I look forward to giving back to the next generation of students just as this generation has given back to me.”

Chancellor Leo Morton also commented on the tremendous impact the scholarship has on students.

“The UMKC Alumni Association has taken its signature event honoring our outstanding graduates and leveraged it to benefit UMKC students at a time when their financial need is dire,” Morton said. “The Association has been a true partner in making education more affordable and accessible to our students.”

ecarrell@unews.com

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