PHILANTHROPY IN ACTION
SUMMER 2013 | St. Lawrence University Magazine 13
Numerous avenues l ead to
suppor t of St . Lawrence.
Here are the s tor i es of four
a l umn i who have he lped
the i r a lma mater i n many
ways.
Gift-Giving Hat Trick:
David Officer ’67
by Neal Burdick ’72
Students comment on David Officer’s
enthusiastic volunteering for admis-
sions. The lilacs behind the student
center attest to his interest in campus
aesthetics.
Officer, Class of 1967, has also con-
tributed financially via several methods:
with charitable gift annuities, to the
scholarship fund that bears his and his
wife’s name, and to the Annual Fund,
among others.
Just as there are many options for ac-
cumulating assets and saving, there are
multiple options for giving to St. Law-
rence,” Officer says. “I consider giving
to the Annual Fund and the scholarship
endowment and using gift annuities a
hat trick for our alma mater.
Contributing to a gift annuity enables
us to reap financial benefits now while
also knowing that St. Lawrence will
eventually receive the remaining bal-
ance, which will go to the scholarship
endowment,” he adds. The greatest ben-
efit in providing a scholarship is so that
my wife and I can enjoy the immediate
benefit of getting to know our scholar.
These students become important parts
of our lives. We are also contributing
to the endowment of that scholarship so
that years from now it will help students
who perhaps haven't even been born
yet.”
Current Officer Scholarship holder
Matt Craig ’16 of Glastonbury, Conn.,
says he feels honored “to represent the
Officer name. Without their scholarship
I would not have been able to attend
St. Lawrence and develop such great
relationships with peers and professors.”
Giving Back to a Program
That Gave to Her:
Katie Edgerton ’12
by Brittany Moten ’13
There are
a lot of great
schools in the
Northeast,
but I can
honestly say
that selecting
St. Lawrence
University
was one of
the best
decisions I
could have made,” says Katie Edgerton
’12.
Edgerton’s ties to the University are
deeply rooted in the women’s basketball
program, which inspired her to donate
several hundred dollars toward develop-
ment of the program.
The whole basketball experience,
from being a student-athlete, to being a
captain for two years, to learning leader-
ship skills from the coaching staff, cre-
ated an environment where I wanted to
give something back to a program that
gave me so much,” says Edgerton, who
majored in economics and is a busi-
ness project manager on the corporate
development team at Banco Santander
in Boston.
Edgerton notes that making her gift to
St. Lawrence did not feel like an obliga-
tion, but was fueled by the positive
experiences she had as a student-athlete,
experiences that she says “will be with
me forever. I learned time management,
teamwork and discipline,” she explains.
Alumni should give back what they
can,” Edgerton says. “Each person’s
financial situation is different, but the
effort is at least as important as the
dollar amount. I am very proud to be a
Saint.”
Officer Scholarship holder Matt Craig ’16 and Joan and David Officer met for lunch last winter.
I was impressed with how much David cares about St. Lawrence,” says Matt. “We could have
talked for hours about how St. Lawrence has changed his life.”
It All Adds Up