The Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University celebrates its students, faculty, staff, and alumni at ZTF3: Honors Unmasked, a special online event Thursday, April 7, at 6 and 9 p.m. EDT. Like the previous two Zoom to the Finish events, the third installment focuses on raising money for the college’s Finish Line Fund, which supports scholarships for eligible seniors. RSVP now and watch live by going to honors.wayne.edu/finishline.
“The past two years have been difficult for everyone, which makes community all the more important,” said John Corvino, Dean of Honors College. “The community of students, faculty and specialist staff has been remarkably supportive and resilient, and this event celebrates that while also highlighting the return to operations on campus.”
ZTF3: Honors Unmasked is largely student-focused and includes live play in addition to recorded video. The virtual event features college students — as well as faculty, staff, and alumni — and features interviews, comedy, music, dance, and more. There will be a live chat box during both screenings to allow anyone watching to participate. The program will be streamed at wayne.edu/live; there is no zoom required. Check out a brief overview of the event below.
In the spring of 2019, Honors College intended to hold a live event to launch the Finish Line Fund, but the onset of the pandemic changed those plans. Corvino and his team have moved the festivities to an online platform. The new format has proven to be a great way to reach a wide audience with an engaging program. This year, the Finish Line Fund provided support to nine senior honorees, with hopes of funding more in the future.
“I was incredibly honored to be one of the Finish Line Scholarship recipients this semester,” said Joey Mattar, senior honors and dance major. “It’s been such a relief to have a little less focus on how to pay tuition, and more on the training we do here, studying, networking, and more specifically getting a job. job opportunities after graduation.”
To help inspire others, Honors College alumnus Bob Kelch, MD, and his wife, Jeri, have made a $30,000 gift challenge that will be used to match gifts made on the day of the donation. Thus, a donation of $100 becomes $200, $500 becomes $1,000, and so on.
Corvino’s long-term goal is to make Honors College free. He knows it’s a big dream with a huge price tag, which is why he’s starting with targeted scholarships in the final year – allowing students to focus on transitioning to graduate school, vocational schools, or colleges. career opportunities instead of worrying about additional debt.
Donations of any amount can support the Finish Line Endowment, which generates interest in perpetuity to support scholarships for honored seniors. Larger donations or pledges (over $25,000) can be used to create scholarships named Finish Line. The Corvino Named Scholarship, established on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, has been designated as the Finish Line Scholarship.
Honors College continues to seek Finish Line Friends to commit at least $1,000 per year for at least three years. These funds are immediately distributed to students, allowing Honors College to award more Finish Line Scholarships than the initial endowment will support.
ZTF3: Honors Unmasked is free and open to everyone. For more information about the event, the Finish Line Fund, or to RSVP and watch the live stream, please visit honors.wayne.edu/finishline.