Scholarship support not only makes attending Gettysburg possible—it also helps to spare graduates from excessive and debilitating debt. According to the Wall Street Journal, student debt surpassed $1 trillion nationally in 2011. Student-debt loads of Gettysburg graduates are currently below the national average, and it is vitally important that we keep them there—and continue to decrease the financial burden our future alumni carry. We want Gettysburgians to do the great work that excites them, rather than choosing a career path for economic reasons alone. By keeping student loans to a minimum, we free our graduates to go on to graduate and professional schools, engage in public service, and pursue their professional passions, all of which will maximize their ability to contribute significantly to their communities and to the world.