by David Gulliver
The New College Foundation’s Clambake event, on Nov. 2, showed record support from the community for student scholarship.
The 330 guests on hand raised $250,000 for New College student scholarships, nearly double last year’s $140,000 total, prompting the Foundation’s executive director MaryAnne Young to call it “the best Clambake ever!”
“I am so grateful for the generosity of all our community who understand the impact a scholarship can have,” Young said. “They are truly changing students’ lives.”
Some 25 students and faculty joined in the evening to mingle with guests and share their stories. Student speaker Caitlyn Ralph, a thesis student in computer science, articulated the difference a scholarship has made in helping her achieve her academic success.
“Choosing New College was the best decision of my life so far,” said Ralph, the first in her family to attend college. “What I’ve found is that time not spent worrying about financials is time spent taking academic and life risks because you have the stability to do so.”
Young also praised the event’s co-chairs Sue Jacobson (also vice chair of the New College Foundation Board), Alison Gardner and Jan Sirota, and the excellent committee as the keys to the event’s success.
It was heartwarming to see our guests and students clearly enjoying one another. Next year will be our 40th Clambake. We are planning a special celebration and hope you’ll put Nov. 1, 2018 on your calendar!