|The Patroon Scholars Program: Student Spotlight
||Harrison Bond ’14 is one of many assiduous students at Rensselaer adjusting to his freshman year. An Electronic Media Arts and Communication major from Somers, NY, he is away from home for the first time, trying to balance schoolwork and social activities. His classes, while exciting and engaging, are challenging; he has joined a fraternity; and soon hopes to have his own radio show on RPI's radio station, WRPI.
Like most students today, Harrison also shoulders the financial burden of going to college, another added stress while he acclimates to life on campus. However, thanks to Frank Fischer ’64, a supporter of the Patroon Scholars Program of the Rensselaer Annual Fund, Harrison does not need to think about where all of the money is coming from, allowing him to pursue his studies and interests without worry. “Suffice to say I was ecstatic when I found out I could pay tuition…that single award took care of the rest of the financial worries I had.”
Frank Fisher finds it gratifying to give back to his alma mater. “I wouldn't have been able to attend Rensselaer without scholarship aid. It's important for me to be able to give back and help others get an education as I was helped many years ago.” Fisher also enjoys hearing from the students he has supported. “It's terrific to hear about their interests, majors and aspirations…I hope to participate in the program for many years to come.”
Harrison is very grateful to the Fishers, receiving their support was a catalyst in his final decision to attend Rensselaer, and he hopes to have the chance to meet them during his time here. He also hopes to one day have the opportunity to “pay it forward” by investing in the education of future Rensselaer students.
The Patroon Scholars program begins with a pledge of $40,000 and allots $10,000 per year for each year of undergraduate education (or five years and $50,000 for students in the School of Architecture). Currently, there are over 50 donors contributing to the program and over 80 students benefiting from their support. To learn more about the Patroon Scholars Program, email Dawn Stever or call (518) 276-2564.