Final results are in! In just 18 hours, IUP alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends, and students contributed $57,053 during the Change Our World giving challenge. These gifts, when combined with the $25,000 match, translate to $82,053 in meaningful support for IUP students. Thank you for giving IUP students the tools to change our world!
Our progress towards $25,000
Until midnight tonight, you have the power to change our world by investing in the next generation’s leaders.
Think about it. IUP is educating the world’s next leaders. Teachers. Nurses. Scientists. Psychologists. Artists. Journalists. Energy managers. Safety professionals. They will solve tomorrow’s big problems and be key contributors in their professions.
They will work hard for you, for your children, for your parents, for your community. Give them the tools to succeed. In every way, your investment today is an investment in our future. Testament to this good work can be seen below.
This is your chance to pick your passion. What’s meaningful to you? Perhaps it’s scholarship support. Or, maybe a specific academic program or athletics team. Lend your support today and our anonymous donor will match your contribution to that area.
The time to act is now. The $25,000 match won’t last long!
Annually, IUP competes for performance funding allocations awarded by the State System of Higher Education based on our achievement of certain benchmarks—one of which is the number of people who make a gift to the Foundation for IUP. IUP was rewarded with more than $677,000 this academic year simply because of the number of people who gave gifts last year. Without you, we may miss out on the next allocation. Every donor counts!
Kara McClain, a nursing major in the Cook Honors College, recently earned the prestigious national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Kara is the first in her family to go to college. She wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for previous scholarship support from IUP alumni and friends.
Kara has a passion for helping people, and IUP has given her the tools to turn that passion into her life’s work. Her award-winning research has focused on the study of tick-borne illness. She’s also traveled to Kenya to volunteer with an organization that helps with impoverished families to improve their quality of life. Your gift today helps IUP to connect students’ passion and intellect.
“I want to integrate my passion for people with my love for research by applying research to clinical practice. Thanks to IUP, I am able to do that,” Kara said.
Clifford Watson '74 is a systems safety and reliability engineer with the National Aeronautic and Space Administration. After the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion, Watson, who at that point was employed by NASA, was recruited to focus on safety issues.
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Linus Morales realized he had a gift for foreign languages during a high school Spanish class. Today, as an Asian Studies student in the Cook Honors College, the native of Lebanon, Pa., experienced a spark for learning that turned into a blaze of discovery. He has competed in a Chinese speech competition, as well as a study abroad experience to China over the summer. Private gifts have made his experience what it is today.
“Trying to interpret big ideas and big questions by faculty members who foster your thinking – not by telling you what to think, but guiding the way you think – has already affected how I look at the world. It’s exciting to be around other students as passionate as I am about what they want to dedicate their lives to,” Linus said.
Guadalupe Ortiz-Cortez may appreciate the importance of one’s environment more than most people – she aspires to become an environmental planner for governmental agencies. She majors in regional planning and minors in sociology and is a student of the Cook Honors College. She credits scholarships for her ability to participate in life-changing experiences.
“Last summer I studied in Norway,” said Guadelupe, “and this summer I’ll be traveling to India on a field study with IUP’s Regional Planning professors. The trip to India will be my first hands-on experience working to help develop solutions in a practical setting.”
To say Alex Hampel works hard would be an understatement. He was named the 2015 Scholar Athlete of the year and has excelled in cross country and track and field since becoming involved with the sport just three short years ago (he came to IUP as a swimmer). He's pursing dual degrees in nursing and biology, and he adds to his athletic accolades a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. Alex is working toward a career in advanced practice nursing.
“I feel incredibly humbled to have been awarded scholarships. They are a huge motivator for me. I feel a responsibility to excel because of those who have given,” Alex said.
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The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni for pinnacle career achievement, while the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service recognizes the recipient for extraordinary volunteer service to the university.
Learn more about the program and about how you can nominate alumni for recognition.