At Arcadia, endowed scholarships have the potential to meet an especially crucial need for financial aid support. While 99 percent of Arcadia students receive financial aid, the vast majority of that aid is provided through the University’s budget—making the need to build Arcadia’s endowed scholarship portfolio all the more crucial.
Build A Scholarship. Help Realize a Dream.
An endowed scholarship creates a critical, permanent source of funding that will grow over time, providing prudent support for current and future Arcadia students and building on Arcadia’s competitive strength in recruitment and retention efforts. By establishing an endowed scholarship with a minimum gift of $50,000, you create an enduring legacy that will benefit Arcadia students and faculty in perpetuity. You may also contribute to existing scholarships, which will help to build the current scholarship endowment and increase the amount awarded annually.
The Arcadia Financial Aid Initiative
Through AFAI, donors have the opportunity to double the impact of their gift and make an extraordinary difference to uplift the best academic talent, increase Arcadia’s recruitment strength, and provide equitable access to higher education to all who seek it.
Celebrating the Completion of the Arcadia Financial Aid Initiative
The University established the Arcadia Financial Aid Initiative (AFAI) to grow its endowed scholarship portfolio. Through AFAI, the University provided a 1:1 match for donors who met established gift minimums to either establish a new endowed scholarship or supplement an existing endowed scholarship. Completed on January 31, 2022, donors to the Arcadia Financial Aid Initiative (AFAI) made extraordinary financial commitments to support the best academic talent, increase Arcadia’s recruitment strength, and provide equitable access to higher education to all who seek it.
Thank You to Our AFAI Donors
Impact of the Arcadia Financial Aid Initiative
Susan Smyth Shenker ’69 Endowed Scholarship
The Madeline ’68 and Isaac Stein Endowed Scholarship.
Eugenia “Jean” West Endowed Scholarship
Lynn Darling Hendershot ’66 Endowed Scholarship
Jacqueline Petrolle-Cannon ’68 Endowed Scholarship.
Class of 1959 Endowed Scholarship
Joan N. ’65 and George M. Brantz Endowed Scholarship
Anonymous Endowed Scholarship
Yamada-York Endowed Scholarship
Christine Krolik ’79 Endowed Scholarship
Walter ’91 and Bonita Weber Endowed Scholarship
Class of 1959 Endowed Scholarship/ Tom and Mary Lou Mees
Holly Ludwig Pfeifer ’66 Endowed Scholarship
Jessie Lee (Bryant) Coleman ’75MEd Endowed Scholarship
Chauhan Graduate Fellowship
Emily Farrell Endowed Scholarship
Rhoda Raider Endowed Scholarship
Linda Krauss ’71 Endowed Scholarship
The cost of pursing a graduate degree has been prohibitive for me for so long and is still quite a burden. This generous financial gift helps me reduce that burden.
Favorite Class: Intro to Instructional Technology. My professor, Victoria Waskiewicz, gave many challenging and interesting assignments to help me learn how to integrate technology into my teaching practice.
Favorite Professor: Timothy Clarke. In his Intro to Inclusive Education class, Tim was superb at facilitating a classroo
Because of Arcadia, I’ve become more confident and strong and know what I deserve and what I want in life. Your financial support has helped me make this possible.
Favorite Class: Intro to Graphic Design. In the beginning, I always was afraid to do digital art and tried to avoid it as much as possible since it wasn’t a skill that I had. But because it was one of my requirements that I had to take, I was able to conquer my fear and take this class, which has changed my perception of i
I value my Arcadia experience because it provided me with the foundation to pursue a professional career. Without this financial support, my Arcadia experience would not be possible.
Favorite Class: Business Law is where I found my passion for business law and my desire to pursue it as a career.
Favorite Professor: My favorite professor is Judy Cerski. He is a very genuine man with a clear passion for what he teaches and strives for all of his students’ success. He’s a very do