Scholarships Leave a Legacy

November 2017

Paul Bremer says that he never thought that he could leave a legacy. But that is just what has happened with the establishment of the endowed scholarship for accounting majors at PBA that bears his name.

Bremer, who served as a leading partner with the Ernst & Young accounting firm, shared his observations on work, giving and philanthropy with scholarship donors and their grateful recipients gathered for the annual Scholarship Day reception. The event, in its third year, brings these constituents together for fellowship and the very tangible expression of thanks.

“Now I am leaving a legacy that is going to affect the lives of young people doing something very important that is to get a university education,” Bremer said. He went on to describe how the fund was started through this personal gifts and generous contributions from his friends in the accounting profession.

The scholarship was given for the first time last year to two students, Jessica Reeder, of Fishers, Indiana, who is now pursing an MBA degree at the University of North Carolina, and Sean Horner, of Sunrise, Florida, a member of the baseball team who is continuing his graduate work at PBA. The 17-18 recipient is Mark Treshchuk from Fair Oaks, California.

Bremer, who serves as chair of the University’s audit committee, told how he developed his interest in PBA students through his association with David Rinker and the impact his family – father Marshall E. Rinker, Sr., and brother, John Rinker have had on the University through their philanthropy. Noting that the Rinkers have “invested heavily in the student population,” Bremer said those investments had influenced his giving. He also mentioned the influence of his friend and colleague, Jim Jenkins, who serves as PBA’s chairman of the board of trustees.

“I hope that all of you will get the chance to leave a legacy,” Bremer said.

The gathering of more than 200 also heard from Makayla Richardson, recipient of The Simpson Scholarship, who shared, regretfully, how Palm Beach Atlantic was not on the top of her list when she was applying to colleges.

“I don’t think that I understood fully how grateful I would be for the donors in this room and the generosity that you have shown me until I actually arrived here and got to experience what PBA is really like,” Richardson, who serves as vice president of Student Government Association, said. “It is honor to go here with students who know the Lord, professors who pour into you, who love you and really care about you. To get a Christian education that is phenomenal and I am challenged every day.

“It is truly an honor to stand before you today to say ‘thank you’ for your generosity and for what you have given me and to so many other students here.”

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