Giving Changes Lives

Katie Clark '16

Katie Clark '16

A recipient of the Susan A. Vinson Gettysburg Fund Scholarship, Katie was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, and a Peer Learning Associate for a First Year Seminar. With assistance from the Eisenhower-Hilton Scholarship, she studied abroad in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo.  A Mellon Scholarship funded her independent study of central and eastern Europe with Professor William Bowman.

Ashley Hernandez '16

Ashley Hernandez '16

Ashley's First Year Seminar with Professor Shirley Anne Warshaw sparked a passion for political science and gave her the confidence to make the most of her years at Gettysburg. She has been involved with the Black Student Union, the Latin American Student Association, Gettysburg African Student Association, the Eisenhower Institute, and the Admissions Office.

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Stew Petrovits '91

A management major at Gettysburg and now vice president of Blacktop Maintenance Corp., Stew has worked on many college campuses in the course of his career. "I have yet to see one as consistently neat and with the genuine character of Gettysburg," he says. Stew and his wife chose to create a Gettysburg Fund Scholarship "based on our belief in the absolutely positive experience we knew a student at Gettysburg would have."

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Matt and Holly McDevitt '87

Matt '87 and Holly Keller '87 McDevitt P'17 have created a named scholarship fund at Gettysburg. “Our scholarship provides an opportunity for inner-city students to obtain a Gettysburg education,” says Matt. “Because we are able to meet the student who benefits from the scholarship, we get to see the direct results of our giving to the College."

Patricia Henry '71

Patricia Henry '71

As senior associate director of athletics at Harvard University, Henry credits Gettysburg for providing the platform from which to launch her career."  "Since the day I graduated, I have always felt an obligation to give back. It is imperative that we understand and appreciate the ongoing needs of Gettysburg College."

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Carol Byron '62

"Gettysburg opened doors for me through my education and through the alumni I met after graduating," says Byron. "I give back so that future generations will benefit." During her 50th reunion year,  Byron created an annuity that will eventually go to the Civil War Institute, and she also set up a Gettysburg Fund Scholarship.

The Cooneys

The Cooney Family

The love for Gettysburg felt by three generations of Cooneys has launched a family passion for philanthropy.  Doug and Doris Cooney, from the class of 1949, and Don and Dianne Cooney, from the class of 1979, are all members of both the 1832 Society and Cupola Society. Meghan Cooney '06 is also a loyal donor.

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Kelly Alsedeck '71

Kelly's loyal gifts to her alma mater started soon after she graduated. In the early years, she would write a check. More recently, she found the benefits of donating stock. Her charitable deduction is for the full market value of the stock, while her cost to purchase the stock is a distant memory. "My four years on campus were full of life shaping experiences, which have influenced me both professionally and personally ever since."

Jean LeGros and Jeffrey Gabel

Jean LeGros '73 and Jeffrey Gabel

Jean LeGros '73 and Founding Executive Director of the Theater Jeffrey Gabel have been friends since the Majestic Theater re-opened in 2005. Together, they have created the Jean LeGros and Jeffrey Gabel Endowment for Family Programming at the Majestic Theater.  "You don't have to be a multi-millionaire to leave a significant legacy," Gabel said. "It's something everyone can do." Jean added.

Bill and Linda Matz

Bill '61 and Linda Matz

Bill reports that "Gettysburg College has had and continues to have a profoundly positive influence on my life and over the years, I have tried to repay this debt of gratitude." With a charitable annuity gift, Bill and Linda augmented their annual gift, and, in return, are receiving an annual fixed payment for life.

Katie Clark '16

Senait Waldemariam '16

“I always knew that I was passionate about history, but I actually came to Gettysburg thinking I would study political science or international relations,” Weldemariam stated. “It wasn’t until I took Professor Lowy’s world history class my first year that I realized this was what I wanted to focus the rest of my studies on.”

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Marsha (Hoffman) and John Comegno '94

Gettysburg made us mindful of our responsibilities to serve all of the communities in our lives," says John. "The College prepared us for life and provided experiences that informed our leadership in our professional and civic lives. The impact of Gettysburg is felt well beyond the campus, and for us, virtually every day."

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Betsy Haave ’68 and Jerry Dougherty

Betsy Haave Dougherty ’68 and her husband Jerry wanted to honor the legacy of Betsy’s aunt, a long-time professor of English at Ball State University. Realizing that talented local students may believe a Gettysburg College education is beyond their reach, they established the E. Haave Endowed Scholarship, with the vision of providing a full scholarship to a local student.