Finkelman Scholarship Awarded
Athens, W.Va. - Jennifer Burdette of Princeton was presented the Finkelman Scholarship at a dinner at Johnston’s Inn, Wednesday, April 18, 2001. The dinner was hosted by Harry and Estelle Finkelman. The scholarship award is given each spring to an accounting major at Concord College chosen by the accounting faculty. Mrs. Burdette is the 20th recipient of the scholarship.
Mrs. Burdette is a graduate of Shady Spring High School and is a senior at Concord expecting to graduate May 2002. She is the daughter of Ervin and Linda Bennett, and the granddaughter of Davie and Ora Bennett, and Calvin and Dorothy Trail, all of Shady Spring.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Burdette's husband Garrick attended the dinner. Garrick is a Concord business major. When asked if anyone in particular at Concord had influenced her decision to major in accounting, Burdette stated, “both Gina Sturgill and Bill Skeen are great instructors and I really enjoy their classes.”
Harry Finkelman retired from Concord College after teaching accounting from 1948-1981. His former students began the scholarship in his honor.
Mr. Finkelman was the first person to have a named scholarship at Concord College while still living, and it is the only scholarship to be set up by students.
“I’m as proud of my students as if they were my own children,” Finkelman stated as he reminisced of the noted success of many of his students.
Finkelman may be best remembered as the voice of Mountain Lion Football. He announced the Concord College home football games for 51 years, retiring only two years ago.
Photo: Mr. Harry Finkelman presents the Finkelman Scholarship to Jennifer Burdette from Shady Spring.