MCAD Director of Financial Aid Laura Link; Illustration by Michael Gaughan ’02
MCAD Director of Financial Aid Laura Link; Illustration by Michael Gaughan ’02
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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt taken from MCAD’s Director of Financial Aid Laura Link’s keynote talk at the annual MCAD Scholarship Luncheon. Link has served the students of MCAD for twenty years.

 

I have been working at MCAD for a long time.


I am not an artist—in fact, I often joke that my ability to draw a stick person does not qualify me to be a student here. Not being an artist doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy art. Where else can you work where there is creative energy on every wall? To be a student at MCAD has its costs and that’s where I can apply my talents. These past few years have been tough. Some families have experienced job losses, wage freezes, illnesses, and many other issues that have made it hard to pay for a private art college education. MCAD too has experienced increases to costs to deliver our excellent services in a state-of-the-art facility.

This is where you, the donor, help us.

MCAD's Financial Aid Office visits with many students and parents. We go through costs and aid options and try to work out a plan for attending MCAD. During these visits we listen to many stories about family situations and dreams. Parents want to make their child’s dream of attending MCAD possible, but sometimes life gets in the way of making that happen. Money and finances are very personal—they reflect values and there is a lot of pride involved. It is not easy for them to come to us and explain what is happening and ask for help. We do what we can, but there are limits on what MCAD can afford—it does cost money to run the college, too. This is how scholarship donations help. They bridge the gap between MCAD and the student—making dreams possible.

I wish I could capture the relief students and parents feel when they realize it is possible to attend MCAD. The look on their faces is priceless. I wish I could pass along the hugs I receive from students when everything works out and they can stay at MCAD. Adding a scholarship can have that kind of impact on a student—thanks to you!

During the 2012/13* school year we awarded about $600,000 in donated scholarship money. There were 263 awards made to 214 students. To put that in perspective, MCAD’s enrollment during this time is 689 undergraduate and graduate students. Doing a little math, we can divide the number of students awarded by the enrollment to find out that 31 percent of our students received a scholarship donated by the people in this room—that’s really good! This is something to be proud of.

I am very thankful for your generosity—it makes my job easier. I hate having to turn a student away. I hope you have a chance to hear the stories about what makes MCAD great. And I want to thank you again for believing in MCAD and our students.

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The MCAD Scholarship Luncheon is held annually on the second Wednesday in April.

*During the 2015/16 school year we awarded nearly $1.2 million in donated scholarship money. There were 428 awards made to 287 undergraduate students. To put that in perspective, MCAD's enrollment during this time is 668 undergraduate students. Doing a little math, we can divide the number of students awarded by the enrollment to find out that 43 percent of our students received a scholarship donated by our generous donors.