Summer 2010: Campaign Chronicle
Investing in Emory’s Best Students
Fueled by private philanthropy, Emory has a longstanding commitment to attracting the most talented students and ensuring they succeed. During a difficult economy, private donors are “adopting” scholars, funding scholarships, and making gifts of all sizes to Emory Advantage.
These donors help open Emory’s doors to all qualified students, not just those of financial means, and create a student body that brings diverse experiences and worldviews to the academic enterprise. Today, 76 percent of Emory students—10,000 in all—receive some form of financial aid.
The motives of alumni and friends who support financial aid at Emory are as varied as their own career paths. Some give out of gratitude for having received financial aid when they were students. Emory alumni often invest with the knowledge that a strong student body produces a thriving alumni network, elevating the University’s reputation and, with it, the value of their Emory degrees.
In a comprehensive campaign like Emory’s, with dozens of giving opportunities in every school and unit, determining how to earmark a gift for financial aid may seem complex. One simple way is to support Emory Advantage, which provides aid to undergraduates in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Goizueta Business School.
Each of Emory’s schools also has an unrestricted financial aid fund. Donors need only write “financial aid” and the name of the school on a gift check. If giving online (www.emory.edu/give), donors can choose the financial aid or scholarships account from the school’s drop-down menu. If there are multiple accounts and donors prefer not to choose one, they can select “other” and type “financial aid” into the description field.
If you have questions about supporting financial aid at Emory, call 404.727.6056.
Student: Zwade Marshall 05C 10B 11M
Hometown: Georgetown, Guyana
Financial aid: Seven awards, including the El Paso Energy Scholarship for business and an Anne Elizabeth and Harper Gaston Service Scholarship for medicine
Selected accomplishments: Cofounder and president of Project Pipeline, a program designed to improve academics and foster interest in the sciences among Atlanta-area high school students; 2010 Emory Humanitarian Award winner; member of President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity; fund-raising chair of Student Medical Association
Next step: Residency in anesthesiology
“Scholarship support means everything. I will definitely be a donor one day.”
Student: Scot Seitz 10C
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Financial aid: Six awards, including an Emory Advantage loan replacement grant and a Warren W. Quillian Scholarship
Selected accomplishments: Winner of 2010 Lucius Lamar McMullan Award for leadership and community service; copresident, Emory Pride; 2010 Chestnut LGBT Person of the Year; Transforming Community Project facilitator; INSPIRE and SIRE science research scholar
Next steps: Teach for America, Atlanta 2010 Corps Member; graduate degrees in public health
“When I was deciding where I would attend college, the only reason I was able to consider Emory was because of Emory’s financial aid package.”
Student: Carol Rivers 10B
Hometown: Leland, Michigan
Financial aid: Six awards, including an Emory Advantage loan replacement grant and a Robert Strickland Scholarship
Selected accomplishments: Beta Gamma Sigma, international honor society for business students; Goizueta Consulting Club copresident; Goizueta Honor Council; Goizueta Core Values Award; business consultant for Women in Progress, Cape Coast, Ghana; business indicator analyst for the Student Coalition for Empowering Emerging Nations; Top 100 Community Builders
Next step: Position as business analyst, Deloitte Consulting
“I’m incredibly grateful for the financial aid that I received. Without this support, Emory wouldn’t have been a reality for me.”