Schummer, manager of financial services with Prudential, wants to help preserve the Marquette experience for the next generation of students. Like many alumni, he made the best friends of his life at Marquette. He believes he has a responsibility to give back to the school that gave so much to him.
But Schummer also sees his gift to Marquette as an investment in his own degree. He views supporting progress at the school as adding value in the marketplace to the university's name.
"The momentum at Marquette is undeniable. Even in the five years since I graduated, you see Marquette rising in the national rankings, admissions standards more selective, and the campus looking better than ever. My diploma is stronger today than it was when it was handed to me in May 2000. There is a sense of accomplishment and pride in being able to support these positive changes at a place I love," he says.
Marquette athletics is another source of great pride for Schummer. His donation to the Blue & Gold Fund for scholarships is just one way he supports the teams.
"We Are Marquette" is not just a phrase to Schummer. "When I'm at a game or acting as chair of our reunion committee or volunteering at College of Business Administration networking events, I really feel that I am Marquette," he says.
It's that connection that motivates Schummer to make giving back a priority — even with a young family at home. "What I tell my friends is that even a small gift can be meaningful," he says. "You can have an impact just by getting in the game."
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