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David and Gretchen Cantor Invest in Student Education Abroad

David and Gretchen Cantor

LBC alumnus David Cantor and his wife Gretchen Cantor have made a gift of $200,000 to establish the David and Gretchen Cantor Scholarship for Education Abroad.

Awarded yearly to students who demonstrate significant potential to be leaders in the classroom, in non-profit organizations, or in their communities, the David and Gretchen Cantor Scholarship for Education Abroad scholarship will cover expenses for a study abroad experience. David and Gretchen hope the recipients of their generosity will inspire others to take part in education abroad through the sharing of their experiences when they return from their program.

The Cantors believe that the importance of an experience studying abroad lies in exposure to another culture and way of life and is an excellent way to broaden students’ worldviews.

“We are so grateful to David and Gretchen Cantor for their generosity and support of LBC students,” said Dean Michele Jackson. “A study abroad experience can transform a student's life. Philanthropic contributions help ensure that Briggs continues to offer excellent and enriching educational experiences. This endowment will continue to impact our students in a positive way for generations to come.”

David graduated from Lyman Briggs College in 1973 with degrees in Chemistry and Secondary Education. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Illinois.

Gretchen has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Vermont.

Both David and Gretchen have worked for a variety of pharmaceutical companies in manufacturing and research and development, both in the US and in Switzerland.

It was during their time in Switzerland that the couple became especially interested in education abroad when a group of students from MSU were studying in Zürich under LBC Professor Gerd Kortemeyer. The value of these opportunities was cemented when the Cantors attended the LBC 50th Anniversary event and heard students talk about their experiences abroad.