Penn State has undertaken an ambitious fundraising campaign to build on the tradition of excellence that has defined our University. The campaign is called “For the Future: the Campaign for Penn State Students.”
Our country’s ability to restart its economic growth will depend on the talents and education of the next generation of leaders – college students, like those at Penn State Greater Allegheny – and their ability to anticipate and adapt to changing national and world conditions. The cost of preparing these students rises each year, even as support for these expenses – through grants, loans, and governmental support – declines. Families are being forced to make hard choices that weigh their children’s future against their ability to pay for it.
The campaign is Penn State’s answer to this dilemma. Overall, the campaign seeks to raise $2 billion by the year 2014. Greater Allegheny will raise $5 million of that impressive figure. The campaign has a single, clear goal: to advance the frontiers of learning at the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America by raising funds for six objectives. Each of these has a University-wide focus, and a specific emphasis that will help advance the particular objectives of Penn State Greater Allegheny.
Ensuring Access and Opportunity
The objective of this, the largest element of the campaign, is to ensure that students with ability and ambition to attend the University have this opportunity through scholarship support. Greater Allegheny will use the $3 million raised through this campaign element to support the need-based Trustee Matching Scholarships, general endowments and merit scholarships, and restricted scholarships that place needed assistance in the hands of deserving students.
Enhancing Scholars Education
The objective of this element of the campaign is to ensure that students of exceptional ability experience the best honors education in the nation. These students will receive the support they need to take their places as leaders in the changing world. At Greater Allegheny, the $375,000 raised in this element will support faculty-student research projects, the Honors Program, and internships for honors students.
Enriching the Student Experience
The objective of this element of the campaign is to ensure that students thrive in a stimulating atmosphere that fosters global involvement, community service, creative expression, and personal growth. The emphasis on involvement is part and parcel of the University’s proud heritage as a land grant institution. At Greater Allegheny, the $725,000 raised by this element will support a suite of amenities – the conversion of the old Food services Building into an arts/theater/fitness space, the expansion of the campus’ global student efforts and services, service learning and leadership, endowed lectureships, increased availability of internships, campus athletics and fitness, and enhanced student support services.
Building Faculty Strength and Capacity
Recognizing that strong students can only reach their potential with the support of a strong faculty, this element will ensure that students can study with the finest teachers and researchers. At Greater Allegheny, the $50,000 raised by this element will support what Dr. Porter calls “intellectual capital” -- faculty travel, research, equipment, and supplies, as well as lending additional support to faculty-student research projects.
The University’s tradition of cutting edge research and encouraging the spirit of discovery forms the basis of this element, in which students and faculty members come together within and across disciplines to pioneer new frontiers of knowledge. At Greater Allegheny, the $100,000 that this element will raise will support the creation of an Arts endowment, the expansion and enhancement of the technological supports for learning, and an expansion to the student-community partnerships that have long characterized our commitment to the world outside of the campus.
Strong faculty and strong staff come together in this element of the campaign, which will ensure that students continue to work and study with faculty whose scholarship is enhanced by continuing philanthropic support. At Greater Allegheny, the $750,000 that this element will raise will support the annual fund, the establishment and expansion of community outreach programs and K-12 partnerships, improvements to our array of workforce improvement programs and projects, and the continued growth of our economic development programs and projects.
To this point, Greater Allegheny has raised nearly $3 million toward these goals. Our ability to reach and exceed the goals of the campaign will depend on our outreach to corporations, our proposals to foundations, support from our dedicated and passionate alumni, and the generous contributions of persons touched by the University.
“I think making the choice to come to this campus over perhaps a larger one was one of the greatest things I’ve done so far. I have found a new confidence in myself that I didn’t have before and perhaps wouldn’t have found on a campus among thousands of other students.”
-- Yidi Li, Penn State Greater Allegheny student