Couple Provides Life-Altering Opportunity for Engineering Major
The first time she stepped on the Rensselaer campus, Briana Earle '13 knew it was the place for her. Now a graduate with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.E. in Transportation Engineering, she's even more certain she made the right choice.
"I can't picture having gone anywhere else or having a better college experience," says Briana.
Briana was a recipient of the Martha and Clinton Thornton '33 Scholarship, established by the couple to support students enrolled in the school of engineering, where Clinton earned his civil engineering degree. The Thorntons endowed their scholarship through a gift in their will as well as a gift that paid income to them during their lifetimes.
Briana graduated on May 25, 2013, and will begin working at Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She is grateful to the Thornton’s for their financial assistance, which enabled her to attend the university of her choice and obtain her undergraduate and graduate degrees without the burden of immense student loans.
Inspired by Donors' Graciousness
Knowing that someone helped fund her education, Briana feels a sense of responsibility to her benefactors. "I want to do well. They made it possible for me to come to Rensselaer and succeed and have a career that I love," she explains.
Briana's accomplishments at Rensselaer are a reflection of her convictions. She was a member of the field hockey team, the Chi Epsilon Honor Society and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and she was on the dean's list each semester, as well as named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad for four consecutive years.
Briana understands the importance of giving back so others can benefit from an education at Rensselaer.
"If I could speak with the Thorntons, I'd tell them how much I appreciate their making it possible for me to go to Rensselaer and how much it has meant to me to have the same good experience here that they must have had."
How You Can Help
Rensselaer students like Briana are as talented and promising as ever, but most come with great financial need. You can help make a Rensselaer education possible by instituting a legacy gift through your estate like Martha and Clinton Thornton did. These gifts won't cost you anything—and may even increase your income—during your lifetime. Please contact Arthur T. Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-276-2561 for more information.