Alumni Gifts Bolster the Student Experience at Susquehanna

Two alumni will be inducted, posthumously, into the university’s Susquehanna Society later this year. Benefactors who have given a total of $1 million or more are honored with membership in the society, the university’s highest giving designation.

One of the inductees, Andrew C. Long ’28, a school teacher and business owner who grew up in Coal Township amid modest means, will be honored as the alumnus who made the largest alumni gift in Susquehanna’s history. His lifetime and testamentary gifts, totaling $4.8 million, will be used to support scholarships for business students and experiential learning opportunities. A longtime supporter of Susquehanna University, Long initially established the Andrew C. Long Scholarship Fund in 1994 to support promising business students from the Pennsylvania region encompassing Shamokin, Coal Township, Ranshaw, Paxinos and Shamokin Township. The new scholarship, endowed at $1 million, broadens that support to any deserving business student.

“The Long Scholarship has allowed me to attend college and grow as an individual and leader,” says current scholarship recipient Amanda Cavanaugh, a senior business administration major from Shamokin, Pa. “I have pursued my love of horses by competing and serving as captain of the Susquehanna equestrian team and have been touched by so many people through my sorority, Sigma Kappa, and this campus as a whole.”

Even more lives will be touched by the Andrew C. Long ’28 Endowment for Experiential Learning, supported by a $3 million gift from the Long estate. The endowment will support internships, collaborative research projects between students and faculty, senior capstone projects and cross-cultural experiences undertaken by students.

Ambrose and Ida (Olmstead) Frederickson were also stalwart supporters of Susquehanna students. Ida, a member of the Class of 1921, and her husband, Ambrose, a sales manager for Weyerhaeuser, were responsible for creating an enduring legacy at Susquehanna University. The Frederickson Foundation, administered by trustees who grew up as neighborhood children in the couple’s Short Hills, N.J., community, began supporting scholarships at Susquehanna in 1988. The new endowment, estimated at about $2 million, will fund in perpetuity the Ambrose and Ida ’21 Frederickson Foundation Scholarship Award at Susquehanna University.

“The Frederickson Scholarship has opened so many doors for me,” says current recipient Peter Donhauser, a junior accounting major from Middlesex, N.J. “I am truly grateful, and because of their generosity, I am able to attend a great university. The education I have received at Susquehanna has benefited me both professionally, by helping me secure an internship with Citibank last summer, and personally, by allowing me to study abroad
in London as a member of the London Program. Neither of these great experiences would have been possible without the support of the foundation.”

Contributing writers to The ’Grove section are Victoria Kidd, editor; Charlotte Lotz ’12, a creative writing major from Sugarloaf, Pa.; and Megan McDermott ’14, a creative writing and religion major from Lewisberry, Pa.

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