SUNY Potsdam receives $1 million gift for scholarship endowment
POTSDAM -- Two new major scholarship endowments established at SUNY Potsdam will provide much-needed financial support for students for years to come.
Pamela Michne Fox '59 has just finalized a historic gift to her alma mater of more than $1 million -- the largest gift in the College's history in support of scholarships.The Crane School of Music alumna, now residing in Fort Wayne, Ind., has established two new endowed funds with gifts of $500,000 for each, to provide direct support to students through scholarships.
The Pamela Michne Fox '59 Scholarship provides unrestricted support to SUNY Potsdam students in good academic standing, while the Pamela Michne Fox '59 Music Scholarship supports scholarships at The Crane School of Music.
"We are overwhelmed by Pamela Michne Fox's generosity in support of our students," said President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg. "She holds her own time here at the college close to heart, and hopes to be able to give that same experience to those who follow in her footsteps. Scholarships remain our highest philanthropic priority, so we are thrilled to receive this gift to make a SUNY Potsdam education more affordable and attainable for students in need".
In its initial year of awarding, her gift will directly assist transfer and graduate students filling the gaps to help those students for whom there are fewer scholarship opportunities currently available.
Fox is a second-generation SUNY Potsdam alumna -- her mother, Edith Michne '33, also attended Crane. After earning her degree in music education, she taught for several years before becoming an officer at Fox Products Corporation, the Indiana-based manufacturer of handcrafted double-reed instruments.