May 27, 2014
Ask alumni and the parents of current students at any college or university, and a vast majority would likely say they are interested, even eager, to make an impact for their institution—through giving, volunteering, mentoring, and other means.
A new referral program launched by the Albion College Admission Office combines those active engagement and monetary elements, yet doesn’t cost alumni or parents a dime—making for an intriguing new option to consider.
Through the Alumni/Parent Referral Program, Albion Ambassadors recommend a prospective student to the Admission Office, and then help recruit that student during the college search process, especially by encouraging the student to visit campus and then to apply for admission. If the student is admitted to Albion and enrolls, he or she will receive a $1,000 scholarship in the alumnus/a or parent’s name—$4,000 over four years—with no personal financial commitment necessary.
“This is an initiative that has three important benefits,” said John Hille, interim vice president for enrollment management. “First, it will introduce talented students to Albion and give them an additional scholarship. Second, it gives our alumni and parents of current students a simple way to help the College and to be recognized by the scholarship in their name. And finally we expect to recruit thirty to fifty additional students in the first several years, which will strengthen Albion.”
Angela Scott Sheets, ’82, is serving as Admission Ambassador Chair for the Alumni/Parent Referral Program.
“I know this grassroots effort can make a big difference for the College,” she said. “A lot of alums are looking for ways to reconnect with Albion, and this initiative is a very rewarding first step. It takes just a few minutes to refer a student, and then to offer congratulations on his or her acceptance.”
To get started, alumni and parents need only complete the form on the program’s web page. They can also contact the Admission Office at 800/858-6770 or e-mail Kristin Padilla, associate director of admission, at to ask questions about this or other Admission Ambassador opportunities.
“My husband and I now have several friends from our community with whom we ‘share Albion,’ and it has added a special dimension to our friendship,” Sheets added. “I hope we’re flooded with referrals from alums!”