Each month for the past year, Amanda L. Cummings has made a donation to the Class of 1951 Scholarship, which she received as an ESF student in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
That scholarship, started in 2002 by Gabriel Buschle, Jay McConnell, and Carl Miller, was endowed by members of the class of ‘51 and is awarded to undergraduate students based on financial need, academic merit and strength of character.
“I just felt like I should give back for all the help they gave me,” said Cummings, who now works as a nuclear chemist for Ginna Nuclear Power Station in Ontario, N.Y. She hopes to go to law school in the fall of 2012.
Cummings earned 16 different scholarships when she graduated from high school, most of which helped defray costs her first year at ESF. Cummings also worked three jobs during college, which enabled her to get through without taking out any student loans -- as a technical writer, at the Disney Store at Carousel Mall, and by helping handicapped individuals.
She also was a teaching assistant for 3 ½ years to Dr. Sarah Vonhof, who teaches two history classes with an environmental twist. “She’s an amazing teacher,” Cummings said. “She puts everything in perspective, and she’s very fair.”