Making a Difference
We completed our Renaissance at Rensselaer Campaign on June 30 and it was a resounding success! I am pleased to report that more than 400 of you used one or more of the concepts routinely addressed in this newsletter to contribute a total of more than $150 million to the campaign. Approximately $64 million is currently benefitting Rensselaer students and the remaining $90 million will benefit them in the future.
There are many compelling stories behind these numbers—stories about real people making a difference in the lives of Rensselaer students. I'd like to share one such story with you. It is ultimately a story of promise and hope, but it had its origin in sadness for one family.
A Story of Hope for the Future
Alan Greenstein graduated from Rensselaer in the 1970s with two degrees. Tragically, both he and his wife, Ruby, were diagnosed in 1995 with different illnesses that would eventually take their lives. Prior to her death in 2005, Ruby made plans through her estate to fund a permanent scholarship in Alan's memory for biomedical engineering students at Rensselaer. This was the same field of study that had prepared Alan so well for a career of service with the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The first student to benefit from Alan's scholarship graduated from Rensselaer in May 2009 and the second one will graduate in May 2010. Alan's sister and mother were thrilled when one of the Greenstein scholars contacted them. "His sentiments were beyond thoughtful and truly captured the reasons why Ruby established the scholarship," his sister recalls. "We were all so touched." Alan's nephew mentioned the scholarship to his high school guidance counselor who subsequently inquired as to the details of the scholarship.
Certainly, the Alan Greenstein Scholarship has already made a big difference in the lives of two Rensselaer students. Since Alan and Ruby had no children, the Greenstein Scholarship will serve as a living legacy through the lives and societal contributions of the future generations who will benefit from their generosity.
You, Too, Can Help Rensselaer Students
Contact Art Tracy '92 MS at 518-276-2561 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of Rensselaer students by funding a scholarship. There are many options available to you.