When Charles McKnight Murdock recently made a gift to augment the Charles McKnight and Kenneth Crampton Memorial Scholarship, he wrote a new page in a family history that first became intertwined with Princeton's nearly 100 years ago.
Pete Hawryluk volunteers for Princeton because “It’s the right thing to do. I could not have attended Princeton without the financial aid the University offered. Princeton helped me, and I ought to help Princeton.”
Catarina Schwab “loved every minute of my time at Princeton. No matter what the University might ask of me, the answer would be ‘Yes!’” A member of the Annual Giving Committee, and former special gifts solicitor for her class, she is ’96’s reunion chair. “Annual Giving is what allows Princeton to be Princeton, and to remain a top institution,” she says.
Colleen Shanahan remembers the excitement of Princeton’s 250th Anniversary in 1996, which featured an address by Toni Morrison, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emerita. “Princeton is, as Professor Morrison said, ‘a place of private memory’ and ‘a place of collective public memory—which is to say history—which has helped shape the nation’s life.’”
Steffen and Susan Parratt have been members of the Parents Committee since their daughter Kirsten ’13 was a freshman. “Like all Princeton parents,” says Steffen, “education is very important to us. We believe in supporting our children’s schools, as best we can, in any way we can.”
Paul Sittenfeld ’69’s commitment to education inspires him to help others have the same experience. He and his wife, Betsy, created a Princeton charitable lead trust to further strengthen University bonds and assist their family.
To celebrate his father’s life and work, Christopher Kuenne ’85 has established the Robert E. Kuenne Professorship in Economics and Humanistic Studies.
The Class of 1963’s Reunion jacket proudly sports its members’ nearly 700 names and the year they graduated—the same year Beatlemania began, President John F. Kennedy delivered his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, and rotary phones gave way to space-age, push-button models.
Marilyn Lawrence entered Princeton planning to study biology but wound up majoring in comparative literature. “One of the things I love about Princeton,” she says, “is how strong the University is in so many areas…." She also believes strongly in the value of Princeton’s financial aid program. As a member of the Annual Giving Committee and a special gifts solicitor, she hopes to help the University “continue to offer grants, not loans, to provide the best education possible to the broadest group possible.”
“I feel a special obligation to give back to the University, in whatever ways I can,” says Bob McCartney, who benefited from financial aid as an undergraduate. He has found quite a few ways. A life member of the Alumni Council, he is a former head of that group, and has served on many of its committees; he is also a member of his regional schools committee.
Fifty years ago, in a small high school in Rock Hill, South Carolina, an English teacher encouraged a talented student to apply to Princeton. Now that student, Sadler Poe ’67, has created the William Boyce White Jr. Scholarship Fund, to honor the teacher who set him on his path.
Ask Chris Olofson why he volunteers for Annual Giving, and he hardly knows where to start. “It’s the best way to invest in the future of just about everything in our society,” he says. He admires “Princeton’s commitment to excellence in everything it endeavors to do,” and firmly believes that graduation “doesn’t end your connection with the University, it just opens a new chapter.”
Stephanie Blackburn Freeth ’97 and Tim Freeth ’95 met and married after graduating from Princeton when both were establishing their careers. Now a family of four, they have prudently created an estate plan.
Anna Raytcheva journeyed across oceans and cultures from Bulgaria in 1990, arriving at Princeton as the first recipient of the Gary T. Capen Family Scholarship for International Women.
Peter Trent ’54 has more in common with today’s students than a penchant for orange and black. The scholarship he created allows him to extend a helping hand to an undergraduate each year -- just as one was extended to him.