No Prejudice, Only Curiosity Bequest
I went to Lawrence from an excellent suburban high school with a population of 2200. Highland Park had a population of 35,000, a quarter of whom were Jewish. Lawrence was roughly the same size as my high school but I was the only identifyingly Jewish woman my year. I had never been so unique. Freshman year my mind was opened wide with all the new ideas Freshman Studies bombarded me with. And back in my section of Ormsby, my section mates bombarded me with questions.
I never felt any prejudice, only curiosity. As we explained the tenets of our faiths to each other, I was forced to learn more about Reform Judaism. Dr. Sumnar Richman of the Biology department made sure that I was included whenever there were services in Appleton. I went to High Holiday Services and brought many friends to the community Seder for Passover. When there was special food tied to a Jewish holiday, my family made sure I had enough of it to satisfy my whole section.
I went to Lawrence on scholarships. The rigorous education I received made me a strong proponent of a liberal arts education which set me up for life. This is why I have joined the Lawrence-Downer Legacy Circle!
Lisalyn Jane Dresser, 2022
Clare Scherf Sweetman Scholarship
"The thing I admire most about Lawrence is the diverse community. You are accepted and treated fairly no matter where you are from. Lawrence does not only teach you what you need to know it also helps you to be independent and prepare you to be successful for the future. I have always wanted to be in this prestigious and diverse university. I will forever be grateful to the Clare Scherf Sweetman Scholarship for helping me reach my dream."