“Given our backgrounds in Asian studies and our belief that more students should take on studying Asia—its history, culture, and languages—directing our scholarship fund toward Gettysburg’s Asian Studies program was an easy decision.”
In his last two years at Gettysburg, Craig Disher ’66 focused on Asian history, culture, and politics. “Through independent study, I gained a taste for research and analysis using a wide range of information sources,” he says. His wife, Susan Disher, acquired a similar background elsewhere, and both found themselves pursuing careers in the intelligence community. Before she retired, Susan established a hiring path between the College and that community. “It has been very satisfying,” she says, “not only for the graduating students, who have been able to secure challenging jobs, but for the intelligence community, which has gained well-rounded and capable Gettysburg graduates.”
In addition to helping graduates, the Dishers have extended their support of Gettysburg students by creating an Asian studies scholarship, a fund that will be enhanced further by their generous estate provision. As members of the 1832 Society, they, like many other Gettysburg donors, have thoughtfully constructed their gift for the greatest possible impact.
“We thought that Gettysburg’s emphasis on Asian studies was remarkable,” says Craig, “and something we felt was worth supporting. As Asia continues to grow as a political and economic focus of the United States, it’s increasingly important for young people to develop a deeper understanding of the area. We also want to encourage talented and curious students who might not otherwise study Asia to do so.”