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The Appalachian Fund: Every Gift Makes a Difference

Donations from alumni and friends enhances student's Appalachian Experience
November 17, 2015

"I feel forever indebted to Appalachian for all it has provided for me. Faculty, coaches, coworkers, and peers have all invested themselves in my success. I have seen The Appalachian Fund at work more times than I can count, but I personally have to thank all donors for the opportunity to serve as an orientation leader the past two summers, a program supported in part by unrestricted gifts. The time I spent mentoring 3,000 freshman – showing them campus, making their schedules, helping to build connections – has fostered my personal and professional growth in a way that I could not have imagined.

This summer, I will use those skills to present research in Shanghai, China with the Holland Fellows Program. It is with the help of private donors that I can be a leader at a global level. Never underestimate the difference you can make in the life of a student - every single gift counts for students like me."