Gettysburg celebrates 12-year partnership with Philadelphia Futures

Unique Patterson ’10 and Vasiljon Çobo ’14 both admit that, as high school seniors, Gettysburg College wasn’t on their list of potential schools.

Patterson, a first-generation-to-college student, was interested in historically black colleges like Howard and Hampton. Çobo, who emigrated to Philadelphia from Albania as a child, had attended college preparatory classes at larger Philadelphia universities like Temple and Drexel, and had envisioned a more urban college experience.

But as participants in Philadelphia Futures—an organization that supports the city’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students as they prepare for, apply to, and pursue a post-secondary education—Patterson and Çobo were urged to consider visiting Gettysburg.

“Philadelphia Futures students aren’t just successful at Gettysburg College,” President Riggs said, “they’re leaders on our campus. They’re performing well within their majors. They’re making the most of a Gettysburg education.”

Çobo is just one such example. He created an interdisciplinary studies major to explore language and conflict. He studied abroad in Spain. He even joined Gettysburg’s Interfaith Council and Gospel Choir to learn more about religion and tolerance.

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