Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, has announced a $7 million gift from alumnus Patricia "Pat" Bush Tippie ('56) and her husband, Henry, to endow professorships and support experiential learning at the school.
The Tippies' gifts will establish the Eila V. Bush Endowed Professorship in Art, in honor of Pat Tippie's mother. The first recipient of the chair will be Amara Geffen, professor of art and program director for the Art and Environment Project in Meadville. A portion of the gift also was used recently to establish the Patricia B. Tippie Endowed Professorship in Economics, which will be held by Tomas Nonnenmacher, professor of economics and a 1990 Allegheny graduate.
The remainder of the gift will establish the Henry B. Tippie and Patricia Bush Tippie '56 Educational Opportunities Fund, which will support domestic and international internships and study abroad opportunities for Allegheny students as well as student-faculty research. The fund will provide eligible students with stipends and money for travel, housing, and other study-abroad necessities and will help support the Allegheny Gateway, a career resource hub that enables students to explore their interests, turn those interests into experience, and apply what they learn to opportunities in their communities and careers.
Longtime supporters of the college, the Tippies previously funded the renovation of what is now the Patricia Bush Tippie Alumni Center at Cochran Hall and endowed an English professorship and a scholarship fund for students from New Castle, Pennsylvania, where they live.
"The Tippies are among Allegheny's biggest boosters and supporters who have made multiple gifts through the years, gifts that will assist students not just now, but for decades to come," said Allegheny College president James H. Mullen, Jr. "That is what Our Allegheny: Our Third Century Quest [fundraising campaign] is about — to ensure that this great college and those who graduate from here excel in their professions and communities for many, many years."