LEO WOLFF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Leo Wolff was born on November 19, 1897 in Neidermarsberg, Germany. At the age of ten he won a scholarship to a boarding school in Seesen, Germany. When he was thirteen, his family emigrated to the United States, reluctantly leaving him behind for his final year of "Gymnasium" schooling because they felt that it was important for him to complete the education which he had earned.
Although he spoke very little English, he went to work immediately after arriving in the United States in 1911. While he never had the opportunity for an education in this country, his hard work, intelligence, energy and belief in himself enabled him to survive several setbacks and to overcome many obstacles. He established a successful business career and a fulfilling family life. He died in 1969.
One of the accomplishments of which Leo Wolff was most proud was the education which he and his wife, Carolyn, provided for their five children, four boys and one girl. All of his sons graduated from Amherst, in the Classes of 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1962, as well as his granddaughter Elizabeth, in the Class of 1999. It was his "adopted" college, and he loved to visit Amherst and to support it.
The Leo Wolff Scholarship was established in honor and memory of him to assist and reward students who have overcome particularly adverse circumstances to gain the opportunity of an Amherst education. Each summer, from the pool of matriculated students for the entering freshman class, two students are selected as Wolff Scholars.