30th Anniversary Scholarship Ball Raises Record Funds for Student Scholarships
30th Anniversary Scholarship Ball Raises Record Funds for Student Scholarships

by Karen Grava
Director of Media Relations

The UNH Alumni Association’s 30th Anniversary Alumni Scholarship Ball on Saturday, April 20, raised a record-breaking $862,000 for student scholarships.

Attended by more than 350 guests, the Scholarship Ball featured an awards dinner, a silent auction, a live auction and dancing. The event is UNH’s largest annual scholarship fundraising event. Since its inception, the Ball has raised approximately $5 million for scholarships.

“The Scholarship Ball celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished alumni and raises critical scholarship funds for students who otherwise would not be able to pursue their dreams of earning a college education,” said Rick Tuchman, vice president for university advancement. “We appreciate the support of our alumni, friends, area businesses, faculty, staff and major donors very much. Their participation is what makes the Ball so successful.”

(L-R) William L. Bucknall, '63 A.S., '65, Chair of the Board of Governors Phil Bartels, Don Fertman '76, President Steve Kaplan, Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal ’94 and Arthur Steier ’89 EMBA. 

Three distinguished UNH alumni were honored at the event. They were Don Fertman ’76, chief development officer at Subway International; Arthur Steier ’89 EMBA, chief executive officer, Schumann/Steier; and Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal ’94, a U.S. Navy pilot who has flown missions in the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean and transitioned to the Air Force to fly a U-2, a high-altitude aircraft used for reconnaissance missions.

The UNH President’s Award was presented to William L. Bucknall, '63 A.S., '65, former senior vice president of human resources at United Technologies Corp. and the vice chair of the UNH Board of Governors.

Additionally, head football coach Peter Rossomando was recognized for receiving the 2012 Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year award.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a longtime friend of the University, attended the Ball. "I am here tonight," he said, "to celebrate something special—young people getting an education."

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