Brandon Schneider ’17 understood the importance of donor philanthropy on the IC student experience before he was even a college student himself. As a senior in high school, Brandon found himself torn between attending Ithaca College (his first-choice school) and his second-choice institution. Faced with a seemingly insurmountable gap between the cost of attending IC and a more affordable school, Brandon resigned himself to attending his second choice. So when he received an additional award from IC, it was enough to put his first choice within reach after all.
Once Brandon was on campus, the School of Music student joined Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT), an organization that works to build traditions, sustain links between students and alumni, and encourage pride and loyalty within the Ithaca College family. Brandon’s experience with STAT cemented his understanding of the impact of philanthropy on the IC student experience. He was also co-chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee and continues to make gifts as an alumnus.