The countdown is on at Penn State Altoona and all the other Penn State campuses.
The official closing date of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students is now less than three months away: June 30, 2014. There is great excitement throughout our University community as campaign goals at the campuses and within the academic colleges are rapidly approached and exceeded. Significantly, Penn State’s overall goal of $2 billion is also within reach after nearly five years of the campaign’s public phase.
Thanks to the generosity of individuals, couples, businesses, corporations, and foundations, Penn State Altoona is on the threshold of surpassing our unprecedented campaign goal of $20 million. With a goal of this magnitude, every gift has been—and will forever be—valued and appreciated.
As I have noted previously in IvyLink, For the Future is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The campaign’s top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families. I was once told by a Penn State Altoona student that scholarships can make the difference between working and working more than one job.
I am proud to report that Penn State Altoona has far exceeded our goal of $4.5 million in scholarship support thanks to the generosity of our caring benefactors. As of this writing, we have raised approximately $6.5 million for scholarships that will enable recipients to focus full attention on their academics rather than the costs associated with that education.
In addition to the creation of vital scholarship endowments, the funds raised to date have supported numerous academic initiatives, cultural and community outreach programs, and activities that enrich educational experiences and contribute to the fulfillment of Penn State Altoona’s mission of teaching, research, and service.
As former Penn State students, we all benefitted from the giving of others, whether we were aware of it or not. Philanthropy has the power to change lives. I say that with authority because I witness philanthropy in action every day as our students—many financially challenged—continue their earnest pursuit of academic and career goals on our campus.
If you have not yet made a gift in support our campaign, I invite you to consider on-line giving, which is quick, easy, and secure at http://giveto.psu.edu. All gifts designated for Penn State Altoona remain at our college.
Also, I am always available to discuss giving options. You may contact me at IvyLink@psu.edu or 800-874-8055. On behalf of all Penn State Altoona students striving to expand upon the standard of academic excellence established by alumni like you, I express gratitude for your consideration.
N. Susan Woodring
Director of Development and Alumni Relations