Luvuyo Mandela '09 is Named Hamilton's Eighteenth GOLD Scholar
The defining elements of my time on the Hill have been...
1. Meeting Ms. Breland (Hamilton Class of '80 and director of opportunity programs) and all the people involved with the opportunity program.
"Mama Breland," as she is affectionately known, constantly challenges me to do more than settle for the status quo. When I first arrived on campus, she pushed me to take tough classes with course work outside my comfort zone. When I decided to stop playing basketball, she challenged me to take a more active role in my other activities. And she's a big part of the reason that I became president of The Brother's Organization and have taken on other positions with campus committees and organizations. Mama Breland and everyone associated with the opportunity program have helped in many ways throughout my years on the Hill, ensuring that I remain focused on achieving the highest level of success. In this way, my Hamilton family has helped to inspire the drive my mother instilled in me as a child.
2. Losing basketball and still finding a way to enjoy Hamilton.
3. Making close friends.
Gold Scholars is an initiative supported by the Annual Fund, which has always provided direct support for the College's most important current priorities, especially scholarship aid. Starting this year, gifts from the GOLD Group – Graduates of the Last Decade – will specifically support students on campus. With each $15,000 increment collectively contributed, the College will select a student as a GOLD Scholar for 2008-09.