Inspired by her father’s philosophy that travel is essential to the human experience, Kathy Hay Stine ’85 spent her junior year studying in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh and traveling the European continent.
“My father, Jack Hay, believed it was a necessary complement to a person’s education; opening people’s eyes and minds to life in other cultures,” Stine said. “He studied abroad; he was a teacher, and he traveled internationally.”
At Edinburgh, where she studied economics and international law, Stine served as coxswain on the crew team. She also traveled by rail and boat around the United Kingdom and the European continent. She went to France, Germany, Denmark, Greece and Spain, where her son, Matthew, a recent graduate of Gettysburg College, studied during his junior year.
To strengthen Franklin & Marshall College’s extraordinary student experience, Stine gave $250,000 to endow a fund in the name of her father. The Jack Hay Memorial Covenant Fund for Study Abroad Endowment provides for pre-departure and cultural enrichment expenses that students incur related to studying abroad, from obtaining a passport to purchasing a railway ticket, visiting a museum or attending a concert.
“The idea is to make the experience affordable to students on a limited budget,” she said. “There are hidden costs, and F&M’s mission is to make available these experiences to students no matter what their socioeconomic background.”
Sue Mennicke, associate dean for F&M’s international programs, said, “The funding is not just for travel, but for opportunities that enhance the student’s academic and cultural experiences.”
For Stine, wanting to give, whether her money or her time, is a natural inclination. For more than 16 years, she has been part of a nonprofit organization to help the homeless in Essex County, N.J. The 1,200 volunteers at Interfaith Hospitality Network provide temporary shelter, after-school care, transportation and other assistance to nearly 300 people each year.
To create the endowment, Stine plans to contribute $50,000 annually for five years. But for an endowment to become active, the entire amount pledged must be received. Stine found a way to help students in need immediately.
She is providing an additional contribution each year until the endowment pledge is fulfilled, so that study abroad expenses will be covered.
“We have students who can’t afford the mailing costs to send in their passport application,” Stine said. “Together, we are working to ensure that every F&M student has the opportunity to study abroad.”