“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."
Attending Gettysburg had a lasting impact on both Matt ’87 and Holly Keller ’87 McDevitt P’17. For Holly, Gettysburg’s liberal arts education provided a broad base of knowledge, which gave her the flexibility to change careers. “By exposing students to multiple areas of study, the College opens the door to many options,” she says. As a political science major with an elementary education minor, she launched a career as a teacher but was later able to transition to a business career. Matt—now executive VP of real estate for BioMed Realty, a company that provides real estate to the life sciences industry majored in business and was led into real estate by an internship. “Without Gettysburg,” he says, “we would not be the people we are today. Our education taught us to be critical thinkers and also impressed upon us the importance of service.”
Their service includes membership on the boards of two nonprofits: Hope Partnership for Education and Children as Catalyst for Change (CC4C), a foundation started by the McDevitt family that helps children grow up to become self-sufficient members of their communities. “Both nonprofits,” says Holly, “aim to break the cycle of poverty in Philadelphia through education.” To further this mission, the McDevitts created a named scholarship fund at Gettysburg. “Our scholarship provides an opportunity for inner-city students to obtain a Gettysburg education,” says Matt.