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Making Dreams Come True

As family and friends cheered the graduates of the Class of 2003 at Rensselaer’s 197th Commencement in May, preparations were under way to welcome the newest members of the Rensselaer community. The incoming Class of 2007 is shaping up once again to be the “cream of the crop”—with the majority in the top 10 percent of their high school class, with SAT scores on the rise, and increasing numbers of Rensselaer Medalists.

These outstanding young people will arrive at Rensselaer from all around the country and, indeed, from around the world, eager to begin their college careers on a campus transforming itself into one of the nation’s leading research universities. They look forward to the many opportunities that await them, but many would not have chosen Rensselaer without the financial support that will make it possible to achieve their educational goals.

One of the goals of The Rensselaer Plan is to drive new financial resources to areas of the highest priority. As Rensselaer moves forward to develop research facilities, and to hire and support top researchers and teachers, new funds are needed for direct student support. Sufficient financial support will allow Rensselaer to achieve a university community with true intellectual, geographic, gender, and ethnic diversity—educated to work and lead in a global economy.

The Rensselaer Board of Trustees fully supports the priorities of The Rensselaer Plan and especially its emphasis on student support. “Dr. Jackson is leading Rensselaer in the right direction, with new facilities under construction, and a gifted and growing faculty. Its students deserve the financial support that makes it possible to access these tremendous resources,” says trustee Nicholas Donofrio ’67.

Members of the Board of Trustees are leading this effort. New endowed scholarships will be available to students thanks to new commitments from Donofrio and several trustees including John Carr ’77; Frank McKone ’63; Paula Loring Simon ’68 and her husband, Frank; and Robert Swanson ’58 and his wife, Cynthia Shevlin.

They join trustee colleagues with established endowed funds in support of students, including Carolyn and Neal Barton ’58, Irene and Robert Bozzone ’55, Hope and David Hirsch ’65, Nancy Mueller, James Mullen ’80, and Linda Sanford ’75.

On her way to her “dream job” at Ernst & Young, scholarship recipient and new graduate Amy Gennarini ’03 says it best: “It was the financial support of the Alumni Scholarship and my innovative education that helped my dreams come true.”

Rensselaer Magazine: June 2003
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