president calls for return on investment
by John Sheehy 82
I learned recently from acting president Peter
Steinberger that I had belonged to a category of Reedies known as come
anyways, students accepted to the college but not provided with
financial aid. Reeds first priority isas it should bethe
support of returning students, which limits the amount of aid available
to entering students. Each year a number of freshmen who are admitted
but not funded choose to come anyway, showing up like wild
cards from the applicant pool.
The first time I was accepted to Reed I sat out for a year, working to
save tuition money. The second time around I joined the ranks of the come
anyways, spending all of my hard-earned savings on my first years
tuition, after which I was flat broke. Fortunately, in my sophomore year
I became the lucky recipient of the HRD Scholarship, set up by Ben Dorfman
24 in memory of his wife, and was able to continue my studies.
Somewhat like Pip in Dickenss Great Expectations, I became curious
about my benefactor, and so initiated a correspondence with Mr. Dorfman.
He was a wise and worldly fellow, and from our exchange I came to realize
that my education was not being funded by some faceless institution but
by a generous alumnus, one willing to make an investment in my life with
no apparent expectation of receiving something in return.
Thanks to Ben Dorfmans investment I received an education that provided
me the skills to challenge a world of conformity and conventional wisdom
with a mind of my own. As intangible as that outcome may seem, I now realizejust
as Im sure Ben Dorfman realized before methere is a return
to be made on the investment, and that is to pass it on to others.
Today, there are 1,100 young people making the same journey we all made
years ago at Reed. They are in need of our help. By volunteering a little
of your time for admission, alumni relations, or career advising, or just
by contributing to the annual fund, you can make a return on the investment
Im sure others have made in your life along the way. Me, Im
investing in more of those come anyways. Reed
can always use a few more wild cards to spice the place up.
To find out more about
alumni volunteering, call 503/777-7589.