The Appalachian Fund: Every Gift Makes a Difference
"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."