) for your donation to the Salzburg College Scholarship Fund. You just helped one or more students to have the powerful, life-changing cultural and academic experience that so many alumni of Salzburg College consider absolutely critical to whom they have become.
Although Salzburg College first opened its doors in 1971, it wasn't until 2010 that the alumni got serious about banding together. The impetus was the retirement of the one and only director of the college during that entire time, Dr. Ina Stegen. And the immediate goal was to establish a scholarship in her name as a most-fitting retirement gift to her from the alumni.
The goal is to eventually build up a permanent, endowed scholarship fund (see the Dr. Ina Stegen Scholarship fund to contribute to that endowment), but the alumni wanted to be able to begin awarding scholarships in Dr. Stegen's honor right away. Consequently, the Salzburg College (Non-Endowed) Fund has allowed the alumni to award one or more Dr. Ina Stegen scholarships each semester since the spring of 2012.
Salzburg College alumni are a passionate group when sharing the impact that their time at Salzburg College has had on their lives and outlooks. They realize that being able to study abroad for a semester is a dream many college students have, but fewer realize--and the alumni are doing their part to make a few more dreams a reality. Although financial need is a component of the selection process, a greater emphasis is put on what each student stands to gain by experiencing Salzburg College--whether it allows someone to have their first experience of being outside the U.S., hone their music skills in one of the preeminent musical cities of the world, build international friendships, or expand their horizons in myriad ways.