“We are fortunate to be able to give back to the College and are honored to do so through making a joint gift with the Smith-Herman family. It is our hope that this fund will help the College in its efforts to expand financial support for deserving students.”
As parents of a four-year Presidential Scholar and newly minted graduate, Maryann and Kevin Donovan P’13 have seen the College’s strengths firsthand. “Gettysburg is a caring community,” says Maryann, “one where our son John felt comfortable the moment he stepped on campus.”
That kind of community includes faculty who not only teach but also inspire. An economics major, John was motivated to choose a language minor by his Spanish professors—which led to a semester of study in Seville, Spain, where he lived with a family and completed course work in Spanish.
Such a community also includes fellow students. “We’re grateful for the relationships that John has developed on campus,” says Maryann, “from his freshman/sophomore-year roommate Nick Smith-Herman, to classmates, teammates, his study-abroad group, and fraternity brothers in Sigma Alpha Epsilon. And John has been fortunate to have had a four-year college baseball career and a coach, John Campo, whose program exemplifies treating student-athletes the right way.”