Katie Clark '16

Katie Clark '16 and Prof. Bill Bowman

As a first-year student, I was nervous in a way that I imagine is ingrained in all new experiences. However, I quickly found my stride. I joined the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and am a proud to be an active member to this day. The friends I made during my first week are among those I count most valued in my life. For two years I took pleasure in my role as a Peer Learning Associate for a First Year Seminar, and enjoyed witnessing this cycle of beginnings with each incoming class. I am grateful for the Susan A. Vinson Gettysburg Fund Scholarship that made so much of this possible and feel fortunate that the Vinsons take such an interest in my activities and classes.

For me, the most amazing thing about Gettysburg College was discovering the extent of its reach. I realized this during my junior year, when I studied abroad in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. This experience – one of the most rewarding I have ever had – was only possible through the assistance of the Global Center for Education and with the financial support of the Eisenhower-Hilton scholarship for which I was fortunate enough to be awarded.

Once back in the U.S., I continued the research I began abroad under the guidance of Professor [William] Bowman, whose expertise in Central and Eastern European History has been invaluable. Once again, it was through a Mellon Scholarship that I was able to grow as a student and as a researcher.

My time at Gettysburg College has afforded me incredible opportunities. These formative events would not have been possible without the support of Susan and Jim ’63 Vinson, and others like them, who not only provide scholarships, but offer students the ability to pursue their potential to the fullest possible outcome.

As I begin my senior year, I am confident that the support, knowledge, and opportunities that I have gained at Gettysburg will propel me forward. I am cannot wait to see where I land!