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!
Shelby Harder, 2018
Dr. Irving Auld and Dorothy
Roher Auld Scholarship
"Many students take for granted what a university has to offer. However, I am thankful every single day for the opportunity to attend this prestigious school. At Lawrence, you have the ability to engage in Socratic debates about the world we live in at dinner, play recreational or NCAA sports, and talk one on one with brilliant professors. At Lawrence, you don't just 'learn' a subject, you are immersed in it. You dive into the liberal arts and these professors show you the beauty in it all, and how everything is tied together. I am a Biochemistry major with a soft spot for rocket science, philosophy, and evolution. Lawrence is my dream school, and it would have never been possible without the Dr. Irving Auld and Dorothy Roher Auld Scholarship. I am forever grateful for their generosity."