As many of you may know, Michael Carter passed away suddenly in the summer of 1997. In honor of his memory, "The Michael Alan Carter Scholarship Fund" has been established at the Pi Kappa Alpha Educational Foundation.
Michael pledged Pi Kappa Alpha during the 1982-1983 school year and went on to serve the house in a number of positions, including SMC, ThC and trustee of the building fund. Michael came to Cornell in 1982 from the small town of Jefferson, Maine to study architecture. He was known and admired by his contemporaries for his honesty, his integrity and his sense of dedication. Michael was one of those rare people who, upon recognizing a problem, took steps to correct it rather than let it persist. Michael probably contributed more to the overall well-being of the house during the 80's and early 90's than any other person. He was the quintessential "good guy" and he will be missed.
Each year a scholarship will be awarded in Michael's name to a member of Pi Kappa Alpha at Cornell who satisfies certain requirements (namely, that they are currently enrolled at Cornell, have a grade point average of at least 2.50, and have a demonstrated financial need. Preference will also be given to students studying in the field of architecture). Until the fund has a $10,000 endowment, the first $250 donated to the fund each year will be used for awards and the remainder will be used to build the endowment. Once the fund has a $10,000 endowment, a portion of the income from the endowment will be used to fund the award. Recipients will be chosen each year by certain of Michael's classmates, after consultation with the then-current SMC.
The fund is being administered through the Pi Kappa Alpha Educational Foundation. By using the Educational Foundation in this way, people will be able to make tax-deductible donations to the fund. Donations can be made directly to
The Pi Kappa Alpha Educational Foundationor by simply designating "The Michael Alan Carter Scholarship Fund" as the intended beneficiary when you respond to giving requests by the Educational Foundation. Please note that checks should be made payable to "Pi Kappa Alpha Educational Foundation", but the memo portion of the check should indicate "The Michael Alan Carter Scholarship Fund."
Memphis, TN 38183-9948
Attention: "The Michael Alan Carter Scholarship Fund"
I urge all brothers, particularly those of you who knew Michael, to consider a gift in honor of Michael's memory.
Jeff Lowe '86