Champions of the Second Century

Champions of the Second Century
Jenny Messner

Jenny K. Messner

AFS Returnee, US to Brazil, 1970-71
Chair of the Second Century Campaign

"My exchange to Brazil in 1970 so profoundly changed my life that when I was able to give back, I knew exactly what I would do... Read full quote

Richard Engel

Richard Engel

AFS Returnee, US to Italy , 1990-91
NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent

"My AFS year in Italy changed my life, giving me the confidence to fully immerse myself in another culture and language... Read full quote

Whitcraft Family

Whitcraft Family

Whitcraft Family Scholarships (National Scholarship Fund & Faces of America Scholarship)

"Tom Greenough was Mark Whitcraft’s mentor in high school who also happened to be an American Field Service ambulance driver in World War II... Read full quote

R. Nicholas Burns

R. Nicholas Burns

AFS Returnee, US To Luxembourg, 1973 Summer Program
Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

"My AFS experience in Luxembourg during the summer of 1973 changed my life in a thousand ways and helped me take the first step towards my subsequent career... Read full quote

Champions Donor Wall

THANK YOU to our Champions who have made special gifts in support of the Second Century Campaign.  We especially thank our Champions, listed below, who have made leadership gifts of $2,000 or more.

  1. Sherry L. Anderson
  2. Apple Lane Foundation
  3. The Archer Foundation/Matt van Steenwyk
  4. Susan Auerbach, in memory of Noah Langholz
  5. John M. Bacon
  6. Thomas C. Benét
  7. Barbara and Gregory Bicket
  8. Penelope and John Biggs 
  9. M. Theresa Blatt
  10. Rebecca Bonnell, in memory of Harold Bonnell
  11. Peggy M. Boyles
  12. Jill Brethauer and David Samuel
  13. Chad Buckendahl
  14. Virginia V. Burgess
  15. Susan and Kent Calfee
  16. Janet & John Canning
  17. Casey L. Carmony
  18. Angela and Christian Chabot
  19. Sarah and Nathaniel Cobb
  20. Augustus Cochran
  21. John T. Colas
  22. Sharon and Thomas Copper, in memory of Elizabeth G. Robinson
  23. Janet L. Coe
  24. Roger E. Conklin
  25. Joyce L. Carter
  26. Carstens Family Funds / Deborah G. Carstens
  27. Casey L. Carmony 
  28. Bayard and Virginia Clarkson
  29. The Clifford Foundation, in honor of George & Peggy Beale
  30. Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Foundation, Inc.
  31. Randall Davis
  32. Wolfgang Demmel
  33. James K. Donnell
  34. William H. Dow
  35. Amy Jo Dowd
  36. Richard A. Duke, in memory of Thomas Duke
  37. William A. Eaton
  38. Richard Ebersol and Susan St. James
  39. Mike Edwards
  40. Sara J. Fitzgerald
  41. Marcio da Fonseca
  42. Candace and Bert Forbes
  43. Jack Forté Foundation, Inc.
  44. Edward C. Friedrichs III
  45. Susan S. Gallagher
  46. Alberto and Linda Grignolo
  47. Thomas Hale
  48. Amy Hansen and Walter Schmidt
  49. Linda and Norman Harris
  50. Thelma Harris 
  51. Sharon P. Haverstock
  52. Barbara Hensleigh and Joseph Andrews
  53. H. Jed Hepworth and Lee Schubert
  54. Anne and Bob Herendeen
  55. Eleanor Hetz
  56. Rebecca L. Holt
  57. Bernice V. Horst
  58. Todd T. Hunt
  59. Shelly A. Immel
  60. Paul J. Isaac
  61. W.W. and Anne Jones Charitable Trust
  62. Arthur and Martha Kaemmer
  63. Carol and Neil Kesselman
  64. Nancy Knowles
  65. Sarah K. Konrad
  66. Ben Langholz
  67. Family of Noah Langholz
  68. Jeffery D. Lawson
  69. Thomas and Anne LeBlanc
  70. Stephen E. Lewis
  71. Carol and Bill Marshall, in memory of Elizabeth G. Robinson
  72. Karen and Arthur Massolo
  73. Barbara Strasen Mathews
  74. William Chichester McClean III
  75. Linda B. McKean
  76. Betty Ehlert McManus and Cecil Lytle
  77. William G. Meserve
  78. Connie B. Miller
  79. Stephen F. Mirabito
  80. Jane Morse
  81. The Speedwell Foundation / Jenny and Michael Messner
  82. Rebecca Messner
  83. Cheryl Miller
  84. Kamesh Nagarajan
  85. The Namaste Foundation Inc.
  86. Chip Nielsen
  87. Carol and Eric Norris
  88. Eileen Morrison O'Leary and Bob O'Leary
  89. Daphne L. Pals
  90. Kathleen M. Pike
  91. Michael Plouf and Toni Robinson
  92. Dale Ponikvar
  93. The Reinhold Foundation
  94. Kristine H. Rennie
  95. Eleanor Revelle
  96. Tom Robertson
  97. Mary B. Ruhl
  98. Robin and Phil Semas
  99. Jonathan Shakes
  100. Sharpe Family Foundation/Julie and Henry Sharpe, III
  101. Mike Sherman
  102. Paul and Elizabeth Shiverick
  103. Jane A. Shriver
  104. Joan and Mark Siegel
  105. Michael L. Silhol
  106. Curtis Smith, in memory of Bonnie Jernigan
  107. Samuel B. Smith, in memory of Bonnie Jernigan
  108. Cheryl Sprague
  109. Stephen G. Stein
  110. Carl W. Stern and Holly Hayes
  111. Sandra W. Sweeney
  112. John L. Teeger
  113. David V. Uihlein Foundation
  114. Robert C. Updegrove
  115. John Taylor Van Horne
  116. Polly and Floyd Van Weelden
  117. The Walbridge Fund, Ltd.
  118. Karen E. Waller, in memory of Mary Brooks Booth
  119. Paula M. Wardynski
  120. Bonnie A. Welch
  121. Susan E. Wefald
  122. Mary E. Weinmann
  123. Mitch Weisburgh
  124. Judith A. Weyand
  125. Jill and Thomas Wheeler
  126. Barbara Ossian Williamson and Delbert Williamson/ Ayco Charitable Foundation
  127. J. David Willson
  128. Craig L. Wilson
  129. James L. Wilson
  130. John W. Windhorst Jr.
  131. Mark Whitcraft, in honor of Rosemary Whitcraft and Thomas Greenough
  132. Mary and Samuel Wright
  133. Judith A. Wyss
  134. Anonymous (3)
The funders on our Champions Wall are donors who have given a gift of $2,000 or more since January 1, 2014.  List updated as of February 17, 2015.

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My exchange to Brazil in 1970 so profoundly changed my life that when I was able to give back, I knew exactly what I would do. Together with my husband, Michael, we founded the Speedwell Foundation AFS Scholarship Program in Pennsylvania and most recently in South Carolina. It has been a joy and a privilege to experience firsthand how AFS and Speedwell have changed the lives of more than 100 teenagers and affected their families, friends, high schools and communities. The program we created with AFS is one of the best returns on investment that we have experienced. We encourage others to consider developing scholarship programs like ours.

My AFS year in Italy changed my life, giving me the confidence to fully immerse myself in another culture and language. That transformative year was really my first step into what I do now in international journalism and I often call upon my AFS experience when I face challenges covering some of the world’s hotspots in the Middle East.

Tom Greenough was Mark Whitraft’s mentor in high school who also happened to be an American Field Service ambulance driver in World War II. Some years later, Mark’s wife, Rosemary, became passionately involved in AFS as a volunteer and staffer. So as a family, we experienced the breadth of the AFS tradition, from its ambulance driver roots to its still vital role as an intercultural exchange leader. We are proud to support AFS-USA and honor Tom and Rosemary’s memory who, each in their own way, represent the AFS legacy.

My AFS experience in Luxembourg during the summer of 1973 changed my life in a thousand ways and helped me take the first step towards my subsequent career in diplomacy. We need AFS’s leadership in linking the next generation of Americans with people on every continent.