The University of New Haven today announced that at its 35th annual Scholarship Ball, more than $1.8 million was pledged to support scholarships for University students. It is the fifth consecutive year the ball has raised more tha n $1 million.
“The Scholarship Ball is always so meaningful because we recognize some of our most distinguished alumni,” said President Steven H. Kaplan. “Most important, it raises critical scholarship funds that enable talented students to pursue their education,”
Held on Saturday, April 21, in a transformed Beckerman Recreation Center on campus, the event honored three distinguished alumni: Michael H. Ambrose ’84, Carolyn L. Brehm ’96, and Vivian J. Kaplan ’80.
Phillip H. Bartels, who received an honorary degree in 2011 and is chair of the Board of Governors, was presented with the 2018 President’s Award for his dedicated service to the University.
Ambrose, a member of the Board of Governors and former Alumni Board president, is a member of the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the Engineering Hall of Fame. He is vice president of engineering and technology at Sikorsky Aircraft.
Brehm recently retired from Procter and Gamble as vice president for global government relations and public policy. She served on the U.S.-China Business Council in Washington, D.C. and later spent 13 years overseeing international trade and investment policy for General Motors.
Kaplan, a behavioral health counselor for the State of Connecticut, established with her late husband, Phillip, former president of the University from 1973 to 1991, the Phillip Kaplan Endowed Scholarship. She helped raise significant funds for student scholarships and major building projects, such as Dodds Hall.