Just recently, a gift of $5 came in Seattle Pacific University’s mail. It was sent by 9-year-old Jonah M. to Biology Professor Tim Nelson. In his letter, Jonah said his favorite animal is the giant Pacific octopus and that he plans to become a marine biologist. Jonah asked for his gift to go to the Blakely Island Field Station, Seattle Pacific’s wilderness research campus located in the San Juan Islands.
You can imagine that this gift was inspiring to us. Young Jonah is investing in the future — his own future, and those of marine science and SPU.
At Seattle Pacific, we receive all gifts with tremendous gratitude. We know that our ability to provide students with an outstanding and affordable Christian education begins with you, the donor. Like Jonah, you are investing in the future.
Many of you have given toward student scholarships, and this puts the distinctive SPU experience within reach of more students. In fact, U.S. News & World Report has again named Seattle Pacific the No. 2 “Best Value” in the West, based on factors such as the ratio of quality to price, and the percentage of undergraduates who receive need-based scholarships and grants. Ultimately, the scholarships you fund help prepare young people to go out from this place to positively influence the world in diverse professions and walks of life.
Whether you gave SPU $5, or much more (and many of you have), you are changing student lives. You are helping them gain the rigorous academic study, character formation, and vocational preparation that will establish the foundation for a thriving, faithful, and meaningful life.
So thank you all, including Jonah, for generously supporting Seattle Pacific. May God bless you.
Daniel J. Martin
Seattle Pacific University