You Can Make an Allegheny Education Possible
By making a gift of $5,000 or more through the Allegheny Annual Fund Grant program, you can give an extraordinary student the opportunity to attend Allegheny.
Take, for instance, Drew Spaniel ’14, an Annual Fund Grant recipient. Drew says that he is a first-generation college student from a low-income family and a single mother.”
“I’m one of six children and one of a set of identical triplets,” says Drew, a physics major and English minor. “Three of my siblings and I are all in college. My mom could not afford to send us to college, so without the help of scholarships like the Annual Fund Grant, I would not have been able to attend Allegheny and complete my internship at Carnegie Mellon University.
“As a result of this internship,” he adds, “I have been invited to attend graduate school there to pioneer a program between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh’s Law Program.”
Morgan Vrana ’16, a biology and neuroscience double major, is equally appreciative for support from the Annual Fund Grant program.
“Financial aid absolutely made all the difference in my ability to attend Allegheny,” says Morgan, who plans to pursue graduate school, obtain her Ph.D. in biology and/or neuroscience, and become a marine ecologist. “I get incredibly emotional when I think about those who gave so I can come here. I thank my sponsors for every penny they have donated. Without that, I wouldn’t be here.”
The decision of Annual Fund Grant recipient Jordan El-Sabeh ’14 to attend Allegheny also was heavily influenced by financial aid. Now that he is a senior, he realizes how meaningful his Allegheny experience has been.
“One thing that I value most at Allegheny is the academic work, especially the ability to do a comp,” says Jordan, a managerial economics major. “A lot of my friends at other schools don’t have a similar opportunity. The level of academic rigor is something I will cherish for a very long time.”