"I remember being amazed and deeply grateful at being given the freedom to pursue a college degree, something my parents had not been able to do."
For me, financial aid is deeply personal. Without it, I would not be where I am. Financial aid opened doors that might have been closed to me otherwise. But because of the generosity of people like you, I got the chance to study what I loved, and for the past 30 years I’ve had the very good fortune to do a job that I love.
I don’t remember all the details about the moment I got word that I’d been awarded a scholarship to attend college, but I do remember exactly how I felt. I remember being amazed and deeply grateful at being given the freedom to pursue a college degree, something my parents had not been able to do. I felt this opportunity as an affirmation of who I was, and more importantly, of who I might become.
I see that same sense of affirmation in the faces of students here at CA. I can see and hear it in the parents of those students. They know what affirmation feels like — it means “Yes, you can.” It means “Yes, you matter.” It means “Yes, we need you.” And it means “Yes, you belong.” That’s a powerful message, a message that can shape not just a moment, but a lifetime.
Head of School
Dresden Endowed Chair