It may be hard to believe, but the Class of 2016 will be graduating from Lafayette College in 6 short weeks. Each year the senior class bands together to enhance their impact on the College with a class gift. This year, as the result of the tragic loss of their classmate Brian Keller, the class chose to designate their gift to fund an endowed scholarship in memory of Brian, who passed away on June 25, 2015. Fundraising efforts are led by the 2016 Class Commencement Gift Committee, which is comprised of 23 senior class members.

At Lafayette, Brian studied mechanical engineering and earned a spot on the Patriot League’s fall 2014 Academic Honor Roll with a 3.33 grade point average. He is remembered as a smart, athletic and well-loved by his family, friends, teachers, teammates and coaches. He had the kind of personality that could fill the room with his personal warmth, hearty laugh, and great sense of humor. Brian’s contagious personality off and on the field, inspired the Class of 2016 to start a scholarship to keep Brian’s legacy forever at the College.

The Class of 2016 has a dual goal of raising $10,000 by graduation and achieve 93% participation with a gift from 558 members of the class. As of March 23, 345 students from the class of 2016 have made a gift which accounts for 62% participation. In order for the Class of 2016 to reach their participation goal, they will need 213 more members of their class to make a gift before graduation.

If you would like to help support the Class of 2016 gift, please go to the giving webpage  and designate your online gift to the Brian Keller Scholarship. You can also make a contribution by calling 610-330-5034 or sending a check payable to Lafayette College to 1 Markle Hall, Easton, Pennsylvania 18042.

For more information please contact Robert Young or Joelle DePietro  of the Annual Fund Office.

Joelle DePietro
Assistant Director of the Annual Fund
(610) 330-5025