The Opportunity Scholars program lived up to its name at this year’s luau, giving students the chance to meet Congressman-elect Ben McAdams.
Each year the Opportunity Scholars program at the David Eccles School of Business honors their fall graduates at an incredible luau celebration. On Friday, December 7, the program recognized students who were set to graduate at the end of this semester. In front of their cohort, the program’s advisory board, and Eccles School staff members, the graduates received leis and were given a chance to share the story of their journey and any advice to their friends still in the program.
The students then heard from McAdams, who flew in for the event fresh from his congressional orientation that morning. A graduate from the U in Political Science, he shared a story that resonated with many of the students in attendance and acknowledged the magnitude of their accomplishment.
As an undergraduate student, McAdams worked multiple jobs and put in long hours to earn enough money for his education, at times even selling plasma. His experiences allow him to empathize with students and their commitment to their education.
“I’m proud of you,” said McAdams. “You have a bright future ahead of you.”
Following his remarks, McAdams presented program director Richard Kaufusi with an award recognizing his hard-work and dedication to the Opportunity Scholars program and the difference it makes in its students’ lives.
After the award presentation, students from the program participated in a variety of performances. The performances were traditional to Nepal, Mexico, Hawaii, and Tahiti.
We are proud of all of our graduates and their persistence in pursuing their degrees. Aloha!