Three months into his freshman year at Princeton, Charles Allen ’45 was in his dorm room, enjoying a radio broadcast of a football game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Suddenly it was interrupted by a news report: The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Stunned, he realized his life was about to change.
Scholarships and Fellowships
Soledad Mendoza ’16 is the first in her family to attend college. Jia Ning Cheng ’17 traveled halfway around the world to study here. Garrett Gosse ’16 has four college-bound siblings; his family’s resources must stretch to accommodate them all.
At Princeton, Adam Mastroianni ’14 explored every angle of his interests, from the witty to the wise. He pursued his passion of writing and performing comedy for fun, as well as conducted academic research on humor with an eminent social psychologist. Along the way, he earned numerous awards—including a Rhodes Scholarship—made lots of people laugh, and helped other students adjust to college.
The gifts made to Princeton through Annual Giving go directly into the University’s operating budget, to be used where they are needed most. Here are a few examples of the areas where gifts to Annual Giving have provided essential support to teaching and learning.
Brian Abel Ragen *87, a professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for 25 years until his retirement in 2013, believes that rigorous study in the humanities benefits everyone, regardless of career path. To reinforce his commitment to education, he created two graduate fellowships in English at Princeton and named the University as a beneficiary in his will.
An unusual letter arrived on campus recently from the mother of a freshman: “I need to give back in some way,” wrote Kuntal Parikh, whose son, Agastya, receives scholarship support. “I do not have financial resources to contribute, but am more than willing to do anything else…absolutely anything, from filling envelopes to filing to making calls to making endless cups of Indian chai lattes or dinners or anything else that you can think of.”
When Charles McKnight Murdock recently made a gift to augment the Charles McKnight and Kenneth Crampton Memorial Scholarship, he wrote a new page in a family history that first became intertwined with Princeton's nearly 100 years ago.
A substantial bequest from industrialist and philanthropist William S. Dietrich II, a member of Princeton’s Class of 1960, will endow the University’s Economic Theory Center, which has been renamed in his honor.
Fifty years ago, in a small high school in Rock Hill, South Carolina, an English teacher encouraged a talented student to apply to Princeton. Now that student, Sadler Poe ’67, has created the William Boyce White Jr. Scholarship Fund, to honor the teacher who set him on his path.
Princeton’s Graduate School has been attracting some of the world’s most promising scholars for more than 100 years. These talented students collaborate with the University’s distinguished faculty, produce their own original scholarship, and teach undergraduates, all in preparation for taking their place in the classrooms, laboratories, boardrooms, and government halls of tomorrow.