From the Summer 2007 edition of Bucknell World - Part Two:
Year after year, student after student, the next generation benefits from a Bucknell education, thanks to the generosity of alumni and others.
Often, the seeds of long-term relationships are sown at the annual Scholarship Luncheon, when alumni donors meet student scholarship recipients. Alumni who fund scholarships include recent graduates and those who have celebrated 50th, 60th, and even 70th reunions. They range from individuals and couples to extended families like the Grabowskis, 24 of whom had graduated from Bucknell as of 2007.
They are groups of friends who start a scholarship to honor an influential faculty member or a treasured friend. They are entire classes who want to share their Bucknell experience with future generations.
Charlie Vogel ’37 keeps in touch with students who receive the Vogel Scholarship, as well as with the dozens who have benefited from the Class of 1937 Scholarship over the past 20 years. “It’s inspirational to meet with these youngsters and talk to them, and I also like to tell them what Bucknell was like when I was here, which was so different,” Vogel says. “After four years of communicating with the students, you develop a relationship. They become part of the family.”
When Maureen Dobert met Eunice Gambrah ’08, she felt like Eunice was the perfect match for the Gail E. Dobert Memorial Scholarship, established by friends and family of her daughter, Gail ’83, after her death in 1996. Eunice, a native of Ghana, plans to return to Africa to work for the rights of women in developing countries.
“Eunice reminds me in so many ways of Gail,” Dobert says. “Gail would have greatly approved of Eunice and her vision.” Eunice, too, was touched by the meeting. “I wish that I could have met Gail, but I know her spirit is
being continued through the scholarship. It’s such a blessing,” she says.
Generosity of alumni
Blessing is a term that numerous scholarship recipients use. They say they are thankful for the education they receive at Bucknell and touched by the generosity of alumni.
“It’s really nice to have a personal connection with alumni, and to know that there’s someone who went to Bucknell who had a good experience and wants to pass that on,” says Cheryl Hutnikoff ’09.
Posted July 19, 2007