From the UConn Foundation's Our Momentnewsletter (September-October 2012)
John and Amy Slavik '90With three children of their own, John and Amy Slavik ’90 know the financial realities that families face when considering impending college costs.
To support students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with those realities, the couple has now established the Slavik Family Endowment to support undergraduate students with demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.
“This is not the easiest environment in which to pay for college,” Amy says. “The college finance process is on the minds of families everywhere. We know that UConn represents a great value, especially with how the University has grown, but we wanted to give back to the school in a way that helps students who are deserving of an education, but have the need for some help.”
The couple, who met in high school, both had positive experiences at UConn that they have carried through their lives. John, a vice president and portfolio manager for the investment firm Loomis Sayles & Company, remains in close contact with friends from his freshman year and goes to the Homecoming Game annually as a longtime tradition.
Both John and Amy grew up in Connecticut, and started at UConn in Jim Calhoun's first year as coach of the men’s basketball program. They remember the excitement of the 1988 NIT title and living in “The Jungle,” and are amazed at the way the University has grown, both in terms of facilities as well as the caliber of students attending.
John even sees the increase of UConn’s stature coming through in his high-pressure line of work, where graduates of Ivy League universities are highly sought.
“I’ve come to realize how much UConn did for me from a standpoint of being a rounded person,” he says. “When today’s UConn graduates, or those from other top state universities, interview with me, I can see that they’re hungry and know how to deal well with different situations. They’re hard workers, and driven. You don’t see a sense of entitlement.”
The couple is giving back in part to help foster growth in the University.
“UConn is already one of the top public universities, and hopefully is moving up that path. For better or for worse, one of the factors in that is the size of the school's endowment. Alumni contributing to the endowment will only help the school’s reputation,” says John.
“We’d like to make someone’s path through UConn easier,” adds Amy. “We think it’s a nice way to be able to support education at a place that is very near and dear to both of us.”
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