Two teams of Princeton University students will spend the summer introducing chamber music to young people in New York City and bringing together budding entrepreneurs in the Philippines, thanks to $10,000 grants from the Projects for Peace initiative. The program, which supports new and creative ideas for promoting peace around the world, funded 127 proposals this year.
Two members of the Class of 2018 are at Princeton because of charitable remainder trust gifts from members of the Class of ’31 and the Class of ’57. Meet the students who are grateful to alumni they will never meet.
Soledad Mendoza ’16 is the first in her family to attend college. Jia Ning Cheng ’17 traveled halfway around the world to study here. Garrett Gosse ’16 has four college-bound siblings; his family’s resources must stretch to accommodate them all.
Long before she came to Princeton, Tula Strong ’15 was a dancer. But until she came to Princeton, Strong thought she would choose another field for her career. “Princeton gave me the opportunity to turn something that I love into something that is respected in the academic field,” Strong said.
Evelyn Giovine ’16 set her sights on a professional acting career at an early age. “By eighth grade I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. So she faced a tough decision when choosing between a conservatory and Princeton. She selected the University, convinced that it offered the best opportunity to integrate improving her theatrical skills with expanding her academic horizons.
In 1984, Bob Peck ’88 was the valedictorian of his high school class, poised to become the first person in his family to attend college. The son of a butcher who had recently passed away, he planned to apply to schools only in his home state of Texas. A visit from Alumni Schools Committee member Theodore McAlister ’52 introduced him to other possibilities.
At Princeton, Adam Mastroianni ’14 explored every angle of his interests, from the witty to the wise. He pursued his passion of writing and performing comedy for fun, as well as conducted academic research on humor with an eminent social psychologist. Along the way, he earned numerous awards—including a Rhodes Scholarship—made lots of people laugh, and helped other students adjust to college.
The gifts made to Princeton through Annual Giving go directly into the University’s operating budget, to be used where they are needed most. Here are a few examples of the areas where gifts to Annual Giving have provided essential support to teaching and learning.
Before moving into a Princeton dormitory, Brian Reilly ’14 lived with a family in a stucco house in Peru, eating two potato-fueled meals a day, mastering Spanish, and conducting surveys about the efficacy of a clean stove project as part of the University’s Bridge Year Program. The varsity lacrosse player has since studied French and Portuguese in preparation for a post-graduation return to the developing world.
Percussionist Jason Treuting and graphic designer Danielle Aubert, inaugural Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts in Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, are spending two years on campus, teaching and collaborating with students and faculty. The fellowships, open to early-career artists in all disciplines, bring new artistic energy to campus while allowing students to learn from professionals.