November 21, 2014

I Know: Scholarships Matter

When I delivered my 15th and final State of the University to the Adelphi faculty and community in September, I included the following reference: “TMTM”. TMTM stands for Ten Months That Matter. Ten months that matter to you, to me, to us—to Adelphi and our students. While every month and every year matters, of course, the next ten months have special meaning for each of us individually and for all of us collectively at Adelphi.

I remain focused on achieving the goals and objectives the Board of Trustees and I set forth in Adelphi’s strategic plan, AU2015. And as I think about the future of Adelphi and ensuring that the University is positioned for success, I ask that you think with me about the importance of scholarship assistance in helping to make an Adelphi education available and affordable to students from all types of backgrounds.

I was able to attend college because of scholarship assistance awarded to me through my church and the institution I ultimately attended—Bucknell. Neither of my parents graduated college, and my father had become bankrupt because of my mother’s illness, which led to her death when I was nine. It was because of caring teachers who encouraged my pursuit of college, and people in my church (where I was active in both Westchester County and the larger region) that I could afford to enroll.

In college, I worked about 20 hours a week in the library. This work, together with the scholarship and earnings from summer work, made it possible for me to graduate. I know that the support I received at the time—as well as the assistance I received to keep me from dropping out – has been an important inspiration for me to be an educator; to seek scholarships for other students; and to provide both Bucknell and Adelphi with support to make college possible for current and future generations.

Believe me when I say that I know: scholarships matter.

From time to time in the months ahead, I will share some additional thoughts with you about why scholarships matter. I hope you will share with me your thoughts on this important subject.

Thank you.

Robert A. Scott
President of Adelphi University

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