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Stabler Foundation commits an additional $700,000 to student scholarships

In its second year at Gettysburg College, the Stabler Endowed Scholarship Fund is already making a difference.

“Receiving the scholarship meant a great deal to me,” said biology major and neuroscience minor Matt Perkins ’15, one of this year’s Stabler Scholarship recipients. “It meant that I was able to continue school and worry about being a student,” as opposed to worrying about how he might pay his tuition. Perkins is a place kicker for the Bullets football team, a neuroscience research assistant, and holds weekly review sessions and exam study sessions as a teacher’s assistant.


Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler

This winter, Gettysburg College celebrated a $700,000 gift from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation. The gift—the third from the Foundation over the past three years—makes available a total of $2,100,000 in Gettysburg’s Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Endowed Scholarship Fund. The Stabler gift contributes to Gettysburg Great, The Campaign for Our College—a comprehensive campaign aimed at increasing support for student scholarships, active learning opportunities like research and internships, faculty and teaching, a renovation of Plank Gymnasium, and the Gettysburg Fund.

With this new gift, the College anticipates growing the Stabler Scholar cohort to as many as eight to ten students each year, or to providing increased scholarships to those who need them most.

The College awarded its first set of Stabler Scholarships in Fall 2012, and has awarded another six scholarships this academic year. In selecting its first two classes of Stabler Scholars, the College has emphasized leadership potential and financial need.

“We envision a cohort of Gettysburg Stabler Scholars who are vibrant contributors and leaders in the classroom, on our campus, in our community, and beyond,” said President Riggs.

Riggs’s vision of awarding students who show leadership beyond the classroom hits at the core of what the Stablers intended for their scholarship.  

In return for their scholarships, the Stabler Foundation asks recipients to reciprocate in giving to their alma mater—“paying it forward” to the Stabler Scholarship endowment so that future students may realize a Gettysburg education. All Stabler Scholars and their families are counseled by the College’s financial aid office to ensure their understanding of the Stablers’ wishes.

Grateful for his own scholarship, Perkins is excited to join in this tradition.

“I truly love the idea of paying it forward,” he said. “I received this scholarship with full intent to return the favor… I do not plan on forgetting those who gave me a little extra to help me achieve my goals.”



Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Tue, 18 Mar 2014

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