MORE THAN 98% of Western New England University students require some form of inancial aid. In fact, without institutional
or scholarship aid, many would be unable to afford
a University education.
“Receiving financial aid is what makes it possible for
me to attend Western New England University,” says
Sarah Lander. The same is true of her sister, Samantha.
They come from a single-parent household and are paying
for their educations on their own—and with the help of
generous University donors.
Student aid is one of the many areas supported by gifts
to The Fund for Western New England University.
Sarah, a sophomore, chose Western New
England because it had what she wanted
in a Pre-pharmacy program—small
class sizes and “highly qualified
professors” with the added bonus of
attending with her sister. Receiving
financial aid solidified her decision.
Samantha, a sophomore majoring in Business Analytics and
Information Management, is making the most of her opportunities.
Her many activities include being a
member of the Accounting and Speakers Club, and she was treasurer of the
Residence Hall Association last year. Her
sister is also actively engaged in the life of the
University as a volunteer for the Golden Bear for a Day
program, in which accepted students shadow current
students. She is also an Admissions Open House ambassador and a student assistant in the International
Student and Scholars Office.
In addition, the sisters who stay together by choosing
the same University also play together on the intramural
coed volleyball team.
Strengthening academic and
cocurricular opportunities for
students is the beauty of the
Fund for Western New Eng-
land University: aside from
providing financial aid, unre-
stricted funds also enable
the institution to allocate re-
sources to multiple areas that
contribute to students’ overall
University experience. Donors
can also direct their gifts to spe-
cific areas, such as Athletics or the
The importance of The Fund for Western New
England University to students strikes home with Sarah
and Samantha. The sisters also work as phonathon
callers, encouraging alumni to provide students with the
same opportunities they have. The Landers are successful callers because they truly believe in what they are
raising money for: providing students like themselves
with the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
YOUR GIFT MAKES A WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY
EDUCATION POSSIBLE FOR MANY STUDENTS—INCLUDING
THE LANDER SISTERS
BY BRIAN FITZGERALD G’ 16
You can make a gift to The Fund for Western New
England University online at wne.edu/giving/thefund,
by calling 1-800-325-1122, ext. 1335, or with a check
payable to Western New England University.
MAIL CHECKS TO:
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119-2684
“My financial aid removes
Samantha and Sarah Lander
a huge burden off of me, so I’m
able to focus on my academics,
rather than worrying about
the financial aspect
of my education.”