Sharing a Dream With Future Rensselaer Students
Victoria (Gardner) Candelora graduated from Rensselaer in 2003 with a plan: drive a "sweet" car in five years, own a house in 10 years and give back to the school that helped her meet these objectives in 15 years. Today, Victoria has already accomplished all of these goals, and she attributes much of her success to the foundation laid at Rensselaer.
Majoring in management with a dual concentration in finance and marketing, Victoria recalls that her course work at the Lally School of Management and Technology correlated closely to the work she does today as a manager at Accenture, a consulting firm. "The courses at Lally were dead-on in both content and structure," Victoria says. "The school's leadership wants to prepare you to change the world, and students leave Rensselaer with an idea of how to do it."
Victoria developed her leadership skills outside of the classroom as well. She was active in her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and was captain of the tennis team her senior year. She was also a member of the management honor society.
Victoria and her husband, David, met at Rensselaer where they were both student orientation advisors. The couple now lives in Connecticut, where Victoria enjoys attending events sponsored by the Hartford Chapter of the Rensselaer Alumni Association.
Recognizing the significant role that RPI played in her life, Victoria began making financial gifts to the school so that others could have the same opportunities she did. "If I can help enhance the Lally experience in any way, shape or form, I'll be happy," she says.
In addition to making contributions to Rensselaer's annual fund, Victoria has also included the school in her estate plan. Designating Rensselaer as a beneficiary of her IRA took just a few simple steps and was a tax-savvy way to support the school. "I feel fortunate to have an estate to plan," Victoria says. "I came out of Rensselaer with a huge tool kit for life. I give back so the school can continue to provide that for future generations."
Rensselaer students and graduates have been applying science to the common purposes of life since 1824. Making RPI a beneficiary of your retirement account is an excellent way for you to partner with us in fulfilling this vision. Please visit our website or contact Art Tracy, Director of Gift Planning, at (518) 276-2561 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.