Annmarie (Woloszyn), '70, and Alan Nichter, '69, met at Fredonia as counselors during the 1968 Summer Freshman Orientation Program. They held fond memories, but had not been back to campus for some time. And then, as Alan writes, their relationship with Fredonia was energized...
In January 2007, we met with Fredonia Representative Karen West in Florida. She thanked us for our past giving to the Fredonia College Foundation and briefed us on the development of the university since 1970—it was then we began to renew our relationship with Fredonia.
During a trip to visit family in Buffalo during the summer of 2007, we included a drive to the campus. As Karen guided us through new facilities and shared a font of information about the school's plans and recent academic accomplishments, we were impressed with the many changes, along with its small-town ambience and the friendliness of the people.
During the Florida and campus visits, we learned that state financial assistance for Fredonia and for students had dropped dramatically. At the same time, tuition, fees, the cost of books and other related expenses were steadily increasing. This was disconcerting, as Annmarie and I both benefited from New York State's past excellent support for higher education. Annmarie's and my positive experiences in Fredonia, rising expenses and the plummet in New York State's financial support of students led us to establish the Dr. Kenneth E. Cutler Scholarship. At Fredonia I took several courses in ancient and medieval history from Dr. Cutler and admired him. The scholarship honors his contributions to university education. This is the first year Fredonia has awarded the scholarship Annmarie and I funded.
Andrew Carnegie once remarked that "the purpose of giving is to do real and permanent good." With the Dr. Kenneth E. Cutler Scholarship we hoped to support a deserving student who had financial need. Our hopes were more than fulfilled when we met Lara Herzellah at the Scholars Breakfast in October 2009. The breakfast is held on campus every year during Family Weekend to provide recognition of donors and the student recipients of scholarships-and also allow them to meet. Lara is a 17-year-old freshman history major from Blasdell, N.Y., whose parents emigrated from the Kingdom of Jordan 20 years ago. Lara is working at the college art gallery to help with her finances and she certainly could use the scholarship. We were delighted to meet Lara, her mother, Hannan, and her cousin at the event. The selection committee did an outstanding job in selecting Lara Herzellah as the first recipient of "our" scholarship.
We have been very pleased to see how well Fredonia is spending our money through the Fredonia College Foundation. The creation of the scholarship and its ability to help a deserving student has been a gratifying and rewarding experience. Helping current students is a good way for former students to express their appreciation for Fredonia and what it has meant to their lives.
—Alan Nichter, '69
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