Donor Profiles

Those who give to Grinnell are as individual as the gifts they make, gifts take all shapes and sizes and touches all aspects of Grinnell's missions.

Samir Sashikant ’00, right, with his mom Lalita Sen.Lalita Sen and Samir Sashikant ’00

“This internship is a way for students to work with people that they may not otherwise have worked with later. It really lives up to my mom’s legacy and what she has taught my sister and I to always try and help others.”

Family starts internship endowment for students to work with vulnerable populations


Errett Peele '60 and Jack SchmidErrett Peele ’60 and Jack Schmid

“The CGA and this scholarship, fulfills my goal in life: To do good and to do well at the same time.”

Grinnell-Hamline couple endows need-based scholarship for history students


Kirpal Singh '97Kirpal Singh ’97

“Need-based financial aid is a big thing for my class,” Singh says. “That’s what we chose to raise money for as a Reunion committee. I think we recognize the importance of it and want to keep alive that tradition of Grinnell accepting students who are worthy of attending but may not have the financial means.”

Denver attorney leading by example for Grinnell College fundraising


Elizabeth Wiley ’79 and Elizabeth Valenti ’83Elizabeth Wiley ’79 and Elizabeth Valenti ’83

“Wiley and I are coming up on knowing each other for 40 years,” Valenti said. “My parents loved her, I loved her mom and consider her dad my dad – we are brutally honest with each other in ways that the oldest and dearest of friends can be. None of this would have been possible without Grinnell.”

Chefs endow Grinnell scholarship to celebrate friendship forged over food


Nathan Lueck ’00 and Christina Ward ’98Nathan Lueck ’00 and Christina Ward ’98

“I had never given the idea of need-blind admission much thought, but I was told at this other college, the student’s ability to pay factored into their application for admission. Perhaps it was my naiveté, but I didn’t realize how unusual need-blind admission was. Hopefully our contributions are a tiny step to keeping need blind admissions intact.”

Alumni couple giving back in support of need-blind admission


These are just a selection of stories about those who give to Grinnell in various ways. To read more donor profiles, please explore our Donor Profile archive.