Mike Scanlin (Founder)
Our annual update on the Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship Fund brings news of two current and five former scholarship recipients, as well as of some change in the composition of the Board of Directors.
1998 recipients Austin Leininger (Scotland) and Mark Morris (Ghana) keep in touch with us. Austin graduated Magna Cum Laude and is now doing an internship in a Palo Alto church before entering Seminary. We hope to be able to get together later this month. Mark had a photo exhibit of his Ghanaian work in a San Diego gallery last spring and spent his break on the Inca Trail in Peru.
Our first recipient, Jennifer Chang, completed her M.S. degree and is now employed in a biotechnology firm. This fall she traveled back to the UK to visit friends made during her year abroad.
Mike Scanlin, founder of the scholarship fund, decided that he would no longer be able to continue to serve in the dual role of secretary/treasurer and keeper of the database. Fortunately Dolf Starreveld, a close friend and colleague of Chris’, who married Joan last year, volunteered to take over the task. Joan serves as secretary. These changes were formalized at a Board meeting in February. Ray continues as president.
The Fund itself is doing its job of providing income for the scholarships. The earnings in the current cycle may reach the point where we could offer three rather than two $3000 scholarships next year. We are ever grateful to all of you for your donations that make this possible. Please direct any future contributions to the Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Borton, 101 East 7th Street, Davis, CA 95616.
Next year will probably bring an IRS review to make our tax deductible status permanent – we are pleased to be able to show that we have continued support from a public that includes 238 donors from five continents.
Thank you again for your contributions and for your encouragement of this program to further Chris’ goals of international understanding and friendship. We will keep you informed (albeit a bit sporadically) about how the earnings are being used.