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Amanda Gibbs

As a child, Amanda Gibbs ’19, was an avid reader who relished the way stories opened her eyes to different life experiences. Today, thanks to a scholarship established by Catherine Long Glendening ’38, she’s gaining all new perspectives as a psychology major at SU.

She’s thriving in an academic atmosphere where she can pursue her lifelong love of learning, and reach out and create change through special interest clubs and volunteerism. Amanda says her SU education is her “ticket to being the best person I can be” and realizes now more than ever “how important it is for people to go to college.”

Where I’m from…

I’m from Syracuse, New York. More specifically, a smaller suburb north of Syracuse called Liverpool.

What I do besides study…

I love to read, volunteer, and spend time with family and friends. I love working with both animals and people in whatever ways I can. I’m also an avid writer, so I spend a lot of time working on my own writing, as well as editing, through my role with Perception magazine.

What I love most about SU…

I really admire the people here. Whether they’re professors, TAs, staff, students, or community members, some of the most complex, fascinating, brilliant, and entertaining people I have ever come across are at Syracuse. I also love the culture. We’re all a supportive, tight-­knit group of students who want to see each other succeed.

What I plan to do with my SU degree…

As a psychology major and double minor in biology and writing, I hope to use my degree to pursue a career in neonatal or pediatric medicine.

What I would say to someone who is thinking about giving…

Scholarships change lives. Scholarships allow students to attend universities to fulfill their goals: a gift that is priceless. You cannot put a price on the value of education. I know that I personally would not be here, sharing my story, without the thoughtfulness of a donor.

A Generous Deed for Deserving Students

Catherine Long Glendening followed her father, the Reverend S. Burman Long G’32, H’40, to Syracuse University, where she earned her liberal arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.

And while she graduated in 1938, her affection for the school always stayed with her. Glendening continued to give regularly to SU over the years, until her 80th birthday, on May 18, 1997, when she decided it was time to do something very special.

She established the Catherine Long Glendening Scholarship with a $100,000 gift.

“I want to help deserving students who hope to do something exciting in the world,” said Glendening.

Her husband, John Glendening, agreed. So when Catherine died in 2000, he decided to do something special in her honor. He added $200,000 to the scholarship fund. “By donating, I have the pleasure of knowing that many SU students will have a chance to fulfill their dreams because of Catherine’s scholarship,” John said.

Mr. Glendening died in 2006, leaving behind three sons, three grandchildren, and a lasting legacy to his wife. And together, the Glendenings’ generous gifts continue to help Syracuse University students to do exciting things in Catherine’s name.