Students’ Dedication, Achievements Inspire Retired Allegheny Employee To Establish Scholarship
Linda Savor remembers her joyful interaction with students when she worked for the Office of Development at Allegheny College from 1994 to 2004. One of her favorite responsibilities as an office coordinator was to supervise work-study students who assisted with clerical and other projects. She remains close to a number of them, including Sallianne Van Cise Jones ’95, whose children call Linda “Grammy Linda.”
After she retired, she and her husband, Frank, decided that they would like to help students like those she worked with, helping them pay for their academic pursuits at Allegheny. In 2017, after serious discussion between them, they established the Linda K. Savor Scholarship in the amount of $50,000. The proceeds from this endowed fund go to scholarships that are awarded to students from Ohio and Pennsylvania who plan to pursue a career in the medical field, as a number of Linda’s students graduated with pre-med degrees.
“When I was working at Allegheny, the students who were employed by the College seemed to be very interested and engaged in their field of study and were very successful in accomplishing their goals,” Linda says. “We were inspired by the students’ dedication to their studies and decided we would help future students pay for their educations.”
Linda spent many years working at Sharon Steel Corp. until the firm filed for bankruptcy in 1993. “One day while going through Meadville with a friend, I saw the Allegheny campus and thought, what a beautiful place to work. So I applied and luckily was hired,” she recalls.
Her husband was a mechanical engineer, and he retired from Alcoa’s Forge Plant in Cleveland in 2001.
The Savors support a number of philanthropic causes, including Allegheny; the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and the Meadville Medical Center. “We have been fortunate to support these worthy causes. The best way to give others the same opportunities that we enjoyed is to support them, especially financially,” says Linda.
“We support Allegheny because everyone there from the students to professors to administrators are very high-quality individuals,” she says. “We know we are getting a good return on our philanthropic investment.”