Giving Back to Emory Is a Family Affair
Stephanie Frostbaum fell in love with Emory and at Emory. She enrolled in Emory School of Law 30 years ago thinking it would be cool to live in Atlanta for a few years. "But I met Lane 86C 89L when we were students," she says grabbing her husband's hand and beaming proudly at their two children, Cameron 18C and Sophie 20B. Her voice trails off before she completes her thought, "Here we are today: A proud Emory family."
Because Emory opened doors for the Frostbaums, they intend to keep those doors open for others. When one of Sophie's best friends left Emory early because of the financial burden, the Frostbaums took note. "Even with a partial scholarship and student loans, he needed to go home where it's a lot less expensive," Sophie recalls.
This episode—and other stories from their friends and fellow alumni who opted not to send their children to Emory—inspired the Frostbaums to endow a scholarship at the college for children of alumni. "We consider it a blessing to be in a position to help other middle-income legacy students whose families are being squeezed," says Lane, "to give them the opportunity to come to Emory for a phenomenal education."
In addition to establishing an endowment for the Frostbaum Family Scholarship, specifically for middle-income legacy students, Stephanie enhanced the scholarship by making a planned gift and designating Emory as the beneficiary of her retirement fund.
"As a result of this gift," she says, "I see a student coming to Emory who would not otherwise have been able to and having a life-changing experience—thanks to the breadth of the liberal arts education at Emory."
As a current student, Sophie appreciates that Emory's focus on the humanities has tested her beliefs. "Being required to take certain classes enhanced my ability to think critically," she says, "forcing me to change perspective on things I never would have considered."
Cameron, one of Emory's newest alumni, graduated this spring as a double major in theatre studies and political science. He values Emory for giving him access to so many opportunities. "There hasn't been anything I wanted to do that I haven't been able to do at Emory."
Lane marvels at the extent of Emory's reach, "I'm thrilled that both our children have been able to attend Emory. There are not many places in the world where people from divergent backgrounds can come together to learn, debate ideas, and challenge one another to grow," he says. "It's so important that places like Emory exist to bring people together to problem solve."
Emory's Office of Gift Planning helps donors find giving strategies that support their passions while making the most of their assets. Planned gifts can provide income to donors and heirs, help minimize taxes, and create permanent endowments that link the names of donors or other honorees with Emory's work in perpetuity.