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I write to convey my heartfelt ... thanks for your generous scholarship. Thanks to your gift, I was able to take a seminar on the historian Flavius Josephus with a guest professor. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and one that is already forming the basis for my summer plans (and perhaps future study). (J.A.)

This class is very important to me. I do, however, feel at a disadvantage as I am unable to afford the books, and so must rely on copies being available at the library. Already this year I have been unable to find the right edition or the actual text I am looking for.....the limited access I have to the material is hindering my progress. I love these poets and would be honored to own their works even outside of the classroom, but in this instance am being severely hampered by my inability to afford the texts. (H. O.)

So many "incidental expenses" aren't included in even the most generous packages, yet these expenses are very real. In my case, I ... work during the semester, not to pay off tuition and housing, the direct educational costs, but to pay off the "incidental expenses," the cost of living in New Haven or the cost of books, for example. (T.P.)

First, I just want to thank you guys so much for providing me with the funds to purchase my finance theory textbooks, which were extremely expensive (totaled around 400 something dollars). I studied extremely hard for this course and ended up with a solid A in the class, and I could not have done this without the help of your fund.. (H.L.)

Again, I am so appreciative of your foundation's generosity - if I hadn't received a grant to pay for all the required reading ... I definitely would not have been able to take this class because of the expenses. (D. F.)

Financial aid can be a scary thing for a lot of undergrads. I'm blessed enough with my FA officer in that I really feel she cares about my case. I know plenty who don't have the same relationship and, well, people like you help push aside the doubts that is all this money worth it and simply let them enjoy the opportunity that is Yale. (A. A.)

Thank you so much for this opportunity. ... I will be able to take this photography class without it being a burden on me or my family... I owe you much more than the opportunity to take a class I would not have otherwise taken. (T. M. D.)

Thank you so much for your generous scholarship! I used the scholarship to purchase the textbook for my Probability and Statistics class... As an Economics and Mathematics major, this course will be invaluable to my future studies, and probably to my future career. Thank you again for your support! It has been very helpful to me on my academic journey. (B.A.)