"When I received notice of the substantial scholarships and grants I would be receiving from Gettysburg College, there was no question whether or not I would be attending." Spoken from the heart by Luke Cuculis '12, who will graduate in May and pursue his doctorate in biophysical chemistry. Four short years ago, Luke was not even sure that college was in his future. "The costs involved with a college education seemed overwhelming and prohibitive to me," he said.
And so his Gettysburg journey began. He chose chemistry as his major and praises his professors for their support, especially his research advisor, Assistant Professor Shelli Frey. Over the past several years, Luke has spent many long days and nights in the lab and has been impressed that his professors were right there alongside him.
"The support I have received from the professors at Gettysburg College is easily the most profound and influential aspect of my time at the school," according to Luke.
After a summer conducting cutting-edge research, an opportunity made possible to him though funding from generous donors of the college, Luke is traveling to the national Biophysical Society's annual conference in San Diego to present the results to thousands of other scientists from around the world. With his Gettysburg College education, he feels prepared to begin to contribute to the scientific community.
Luke's story is one of the many examples of the immediate and profound impact that gifts to the Gettysburg Fund make. From his own experience, Luke understands that giving matters: "I look forward to the day I too am able to support Gettysburg students, so that they may be afforded the opportunities I have been given."