E N R I C H I N G E D U C AT I O N for C A R E E R SUCCESS In the good, hard work of a capital campaign, we may sometimes lose sight of the fact that all philanthropy here is, in essence, one person giving of himself something essential for the future of the next Wabash man. ➤
Business Leaders Program
Supporting Entrepreneurial Enrichment and Development (SEED) Program
Business Immersion Program and Internships
Nathan Schrader ’10 on the sidewalks of New York during the Schroeder Center for Career Development’s externship in the city.
education possible, can inspire deep personal meaning for both recipient and benefactor and are a fourth goal accomplished by the successful completion of the COE—“providing opportunity and access.” The Robert G. Knight, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is given to men of good character who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating high-school class and who have demonstrated a commitment to service in their communities. Bob Knight ’55 was a consummate gentleman in every aspect of his life, and his wife, Mary, and sons, Rob and Andy, honor his memory by making it possible for young men of character and achievement who are engaged in their communities to attend Wabash. I was fortunate to meet Bob and get to know him, and since his passing I have come to know and admire Mary and her sons. I see in her someone who loves and values Wabash—and the opportunities it offers and inspires in its students—every bit as much as Bob did in his life. By establishing a scholarship in their names, Richard Hurckes ’56 found a way to honor his mentors and friends, Alex Carroll and Robert Beck ’20, for their dedication to teaching and encouragement of honor, character, and love of country. Alex Carroll, a Williams grad who in his 90s still conducts leadership courses for the neediest of students at the brave Tindley School in Indianapolis, has become my friend. His admiration for Wabash runs deep in his being and in the scholarship in his honor with which Dick Hurckes supports and inspires Wabash men. Jim Smith graduated with an engineering degree from Purdue in 1950 and was working toward an MBA at Indiana
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University when he returned to Crawfordsville to work for his father at Hoosier Crown. When his father died in 1955, Jim was elected president and CEO and sought out Wabash professors to gain the management expertise he needed but was not taught in his engineering coursework at Purdue. As Chris and I work hard to foster possibilities in Crawfordsville, I have seen Jim’s fingerprints in leadership all over this town, and his is a legacy worthy of our respect. I am particularly pleased that this friend of Wabash, whose four sons attended the College, has built a bridge between his alma mater and the College. With his gift to the COE, Jim and his wife have established the James and Susan Smith Family Scholarship to support students in the College’s new 3-2 dual degree engineering program with Purdue. He realized such a program would have been a good fit for him, and in this gift this Purdue graduate embodies his strong belief in the power of a liberal arts education. One more example: David Kendall’s Challenge of Excellence gift strikes close to home to me—a proud son of small-town Illinois—and to the thousands of Wabash alumni who came to the College from small towns. Kendall, Class of 1966, Rhodes Scholar, and Washington, DC, attorney, has endowed a scholarship especially for students from small communities like his own hometown of Sheridan, IN. In this gift and many more, Wabash men carry on the Wabash education that has transformed their lives, opened their worlds, and enriched their capacity to lead and serve.