CGA funds scholarships

For immediate release: Nov. 9, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Two freshmen at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania can thank the government – BU's student government – for the $3,000 scholarships they receive next fall.

BU's Community Government Association (CGA) recently established a $250,000 endowed fund to provide scholarships for two students, starting in 2010-11. Awarded on the basis of financial need and good academic and social standing, the scholarships will be renewable as long as students meet the criteria. The scholarships will be funded through proceeds from the rental of CGA-owned Honeysuckle Apartments, home-away-from-home to 407 BU students.

CGA president Gia Adornetto said the organization's goal is to provide additional scholarships in the future. "A lot of students need financial help," said Adornetto, a senior speech pathology/audiology major from Eagleville now serving her second term as CGA president. "We're happy to be able to do that."

Neil D'Amato, CGA comptroller, said CGA's officers had scholarships in mind when they considered potential uses of proceeds from Honeysuckle Apartments, which opened in fall 2005 after the organization purchased the former Sesame Street property and turned it into safe, affordable housing. "What better way to give back to our students than through funding scholarships?" he asked.

At Bloomsburg University, CGA administers more than 200 clubs and organizations, oversees intramurals and sports clubs, funds varsity athletics and music organizations and, in addition to Honeysuckle Apartments, owns and operates the University Store, Kehr Union and the Student Recreation Center. CGA also funds the CGA Leadership Scholarship and provides assistance to students in need, including those who lost their clothing and possessions in October’s fire on West Main Street.

Recipients of the new CGA Scholarship will be selected by the CGA president, CGA comptroller and admissions director.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.