UB opens drive Feb. 21 to support scholarships for student-athletes


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The UB Division of Athletics will conduct its first volunteer scholarship drive from Feb. 21 through March 27 to generate annual support for student-athlete scholarships. Jerry Ippoliti, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference and former UB football coach, and UB President William R. Greiner will address volunteers when the six-week drive gets under way at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

To encourage support for the scholarship drive, a $100,000 challenge has been established by longtime supporters of UB athletics Bob Rich Sr. and Arthur Woelfle, who will each present $50,000 gifts to the university should the challenge goal be met.

UB alumnus John F. Dunbar Jr., who received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and master's degree in finance, is chairing the fund drive and overseeing the estimated 100-150 volunteers. A former football co-captain at UB and 1980 Clifford C. Furnas Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, Dunbar says, "Supporting scholarships in UB athletics broadens opportunities to recruit and retain outstanding student-athletes and strengthens the university's proud tradition..

"My experience as a student-athlete assisted me in developing strong leadership skills, as well as abilities to compete successfully both academically and in athletics. I've used these skills throughout my career," said Dunbar, a senior vice president and principal of Strategic Investments & Holdings, Inc.

In addition to procuring scholarship funding, the drive aims to heighten awareness, interest and involvement from the community and UB alumni in the university's athletic programs.

Nelson E. Townsend, director of athletics, emphasized the need for ongoing support to accomplish these goals. "UB athletics plans to hold this scholarship drive annually to provide the groundwork needed for our programs," said Townsend. "However, continued support and community involvement are also vital to building more possibilities for outstanding student-athletes."

To volunteer for the scholarship drive or for more information on ways to support UB athletics, call UB's Office of Development for Athletics at 645-6867.

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