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Brennan Wales (center) is flanked by his ASU alumni parents, Brian and Anna, at the ASU Alumni Association's Legacy Scholar Celebratory Breakfast in Old Main on Monday. Brennan is a freshman in Barrett, The Honors College and W. P. Carey School of Business and will be studying sports business. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

August 20, 2019

On Monday, Sun Devils of all ages streamed into Old Main to celebrate the Legacy Scholarship recipients — the next generation of ASU students. This year, the ASU Alumni Association awarded 54 Legacy Scholarships to incoming and continuing undergraduate students.

The Legacy scholar breakfast attracted more than 100 students, parents and grandparents from cities across the United States including Spokane, Washington; San Francisco; Dallas; Chicago; New York and Phoenix; and representing a wide range of degree programs including health care delivery, landscape architecture, molecular biology, material science engineering and sports business.

“The Legacy Scholarship enables the Alumni Association to pass on the values and traditions of ASU to future generations,” said ASU Alumni Association President and CEO Christine Wilkinson. “The Legacy Scholarship advances the university by investing in our future.”

ASU alum Eddie Lopez, ’98 BS and ’06 MBA, is proud his son Aaron choose to attend ASU. Aaron Lopez is a sophomore studying human resources in the W. P. Carey School of Business and is part of Changemaker Central.

Ciera Babbrah, a second-generation Sun Devil, will be a junior this year in biology and society in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is in Barrett, The Honors College. She works in the Culture, Health and Environment Laboratory and the Global Impact Collaboratory, both part of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Thomas Demassa attended the breakfast with his mother and grandmother. Demassa, who will enter his sophomore year, is studying biological sciences and will serve as a community assistant at Vista del Sol this year.  

Relatives of ASU Alumni Association contributing members are eligible for the Legacy Scholarship. Legacy Scholarship recipients demonstrate evidence of academic success, a strong commitment to community service and/or university involvement and dedication to the achievement of their personal and educational goals.

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