Sandra Johnston McDougall ’61 Establishes Scholarship

November 27 2017
Category: Alumni

Sandra Johnston McDougall '61

Sandra Johnston McDougall ’61, an economics major, had a successful career as a Senior Systems Engineer and Senior Marketing Support Representative for IBM, traveling to the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Canada. She remains actively involved with the Kiwanis Club and Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sandy initially used her appreciated stock and her match from IBM to fund scholarships at Elmira College. In 2013, she decided to endow a scholarship in her name in perpetuity. The Sandra Johnston McDougall ’61 Scholarship provides financial support to academically qualified and financially deserving students in economics, accounting, business administration, and finance.

The beauty of this gift is that Sandy is able to add to it each year by taking advantage of IBM’s one-to-one match, and tax deductions and by giving her IRA Required Minimum Distributions to the fund. Sandy has also placed Elmira College in her trust.  Her future gift will be added to this scholarship so that eventually it will benefit many more students.

“I decided to establish this scholarship to give back for my good fortune and to provide an opportunity for others to benefit as I did from a fine liberal arts education. Coming from a small town to Elmira College, I was exposed to the whole world of the arts and cultures. This gave me the basic foundation to further grow and to obtain and enjoy a wonderful career with IBM for 32 years,” she explained.

Elmira College has strong undergraduate programs in economics, accounting, business administration, and, since 2015, finance. The Robert and Doris Fischer ’64 Malesardi Finance Trading Room was built in the Gannett Tripp Library to allow finance students to simulate trading in real time.    

Three students benefited from Sandy’s generosity this year:  Mitchel Atkins ’18, Spencer Maclean ’20 and Anthony Lipp ’21. 

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