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Nathan LananNate Lanan learned about the tradition of the Senior Class Gift  through campaign committee events throughout the year. “From the first event, I’d always planned on donating. The question was just ‘how much?’”

He answered his own question  and immortalized his class year by making the largest individual gift in Senior Class Gift Campaign history: $2,012.

Lanan knew early on that he would give back to the College; it’s a choice he made when he received his acceptance letter in 2008. “I was surprised to find out I was awarded the Presidential Scholarship and would pay $60,000 less for my four years of education,” he said. The College awards a limited number of such scholarships to top-ranking applicants based on academic achievement in high school. “I felt like I had to give back so that other people could have some of the same opportunities I had at Gettysburg.”

Lanan’s parents also celebrated his graduation with a gift to the Gettysburg Fund. “My mother loves Gettysburg and gives back regularly with both money and her time. She is a good example for everyone,” he said. Teri (Hanna) Lanan ’81 serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. Nathan is working with her to start a coffee shop at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Though he thinks “Weidensall could use some new desks,” Lanan has a high regard for the faculty, the facilities, and the experience of learning in a close-knit community. “Every student at Gettysburg has received an excellent education and been given the tools to meet life’s challenges. I would tell rising seniors and all alumni to remember how much they have gotten out of the College and give back,” he said.

“I gave $2,012 not only because it was my graduation year, but because it is a significant amount that could have some real benefit for the College. I may not always be able to give this much, but I will try to give back at least $60,000 through the Gettysburg Fund over my lifetime. The important thing is just to give back.”  

Posted: Sun, 2 Sep 2012

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