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Alumni and friends can be a part of this exciting moment in Rutgers' history. They can help write new chapters in its many stories of impact and opportunity―stories like those below.

James and Sharon Maida Empower Students at Rutgers Law School

The Maida Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowship funds the full-time salary of a competitively selected fellow working in public interest law. These opportunities help attract talented legal minds interested in advancing social change and working for the public good.

Kathleen and Edward Ludwig Empower Living Learning Communities

The Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center is a community in which Douglass women who are interested in global citizenship and cross-cultural exchange can live together and take part in service and international travel projects that provide powerful hands-on learning experiences.

CVS Health Empowers CHOICES

CHOICES (Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking) was created in 2005 to address smoking in people with mental illness.

AT&T Empowers College Access Program

Rutgers Future Scholars is a model university-community partnership offering hope, opportunity, and higher education to promising students who typically might not be able to attend college.

BASF Empowers Graduate Chemistry Students

Support for graduate fellowships is difficult to obtain but crucial in helping to drive important research. This gift is also a strong model of a public-private partnership that benefits students and helps corporations identify young talent.

Big Hope for the Smallest Patients

A $1.5 million gift from the Embrace Kids Foundation to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey brings great promise for the treatment of children with cancer.

The Giving Tree

By building meaningful relationships between alumni and current students, the School of Engineering's Alumni-Industry Scholars Program cultivates a tradition of giving back.

Where the Heart Is

No matter where they hang their hats, Barbara and Gary Rodkin cheer for Rutgers: on the field, and through their philanthropy.

Group Hug

The Hugs for Brady Foundation has received thousands of donations since toddler Brady Wells lost his battle with leukemia. Now, the foundation is helping to fund a promising new way of treating cancer.

The Plot Thickens

The Justice Mapping Center at Rutgers–Newark is taking the conversation on crime in a new direction.

Heightened Accountability

A $1 million gift will establish a center at Rutgers University–Camden to help meet the growing demand for highly qualified accountants.

High Note

Senior drum major Lindsey Malko’s scholarship gave her time to focus on the Marching Scarlet Knights’ time-intensive rehearsal and performance schedule, which included the Super Bowl XLVIII pre-game show.

Room to Thrive

Before Lester Brown was a pioneering environmentalist, he was a tomato farmer without the resources to attend college. A scholarship, and Rutgers, gave him his start, and how he’s giving back.

Family Ties

Vivian and Russ Mannino met in pharmacy school at Rutgers, where Vivian’s father and the couple’s son Ron also studied. Now, Ron and his wife, Suzi, are naming a space in their memory.

Change in Elevation

With support from the Jacobs Foundation, researcher Milagros Nores is evaluating the effects of high-quality, center-based early education in war-torn Colombia.

Raising the Bar

Faculty donations are taking the School of Law–Newark to new heights of excellence.

The Best Medicine

An elite new dual-degree program in pharmacy and medicine, which has received private support, will educate leaders in the increasingly multidisciplinary world of patient care.

For Goodness’s Sake

A gift to Rutgers’ School of Social Work aims to help create a culture of charitable giving in China.

The Heat Is On

Climate change is here, and New Jersey needs to be ready. A $400,000 grant is helping Rutgers to lead the state in the effort.

Charity Begins at Home

A $1 million endowment in memory of corporate restructuring legend Arthur Newman stays true to his Newark roots.

Like-Minded Fellows

Part of Jerry Kukor’s job as dean of the Graduate School–New Brunswick is to secure support for graduate fellowships. He hopes his own $25,000 donation will inspire his colleagues to give.

The Road to Wall Street

A new program paves the way for students pursuing careers in finance.

A Legacy of Giving

A scholarship recipient himself, Jim Dougherty’s gifts ensure that current and future students have the opportunity to excel at Rutgers.

CSI: Museum Edition

Doctoral student Kate Scott’s work with the Zimmerli Art Museum’s American paintings, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was part curatorial research, part forensic science.

Book It

Fifty years ago, Alexander Library couldn’t give Allen Ross what he needed as a student. So Ross gave to the library, and he hasn’t stopped.

Shoring Up

Scholarship recipient Henah Parikh contributed to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at Rutgers.

New Formation

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy opened Bruce Epstein’s eyes to a rewarding career in pharmaceutical advertising. Recently, he created a scholarship to help future students on their own career paths.

Well Trained

Louis J. Gambaccini, who created NJ Transit and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, devoted his half-century career to public service.

Family Man

Through endowment of an academic chair, Steven Temares RC’80 honors his family while supporting his alma mater.

Icing on the Cake

With their children not wanting for toys, Bill and Lori Lopez asked would-be gift-givers to instead donate to cancer research. These collective contributions are now supporting junior faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Information Revolution

When Professor Emeritus Tefko Saracevic of the School of Communication and Information retired in 2010, he left a legacy by creating an endowed scholarship.

East Meets Rutgers

With China’s population shifting rapidly from rural to urban, a significant gift from one of its largest philanthropies will enable study of the country’s unprecedented prosperity—and its urgent societal challenges.

Two Doctors in the House

Owano and Shelley-Ann Pennycooke, both successful physicians, are alumni of a donor-supported program that helps underrepresented students pursue medical careers.

Human Touch

A fellowship allowed Barbara Cooper to study the many forces behind the soaring rates of population growth and infant mortality in Niger.

Peace Process

With strong support from multiple private foundations, a new initiative at Rutgers–Newark will use cutting-edge methods to make the city’s streets safer.

Hidden Potential

In hazelnuts, C. Reed Funk and Thomas Molnar have cultivated a largely untapped source of food and fuel—and a powerful philanthropic cause.

A Civic Leader

A $500,000 bequest from Phyllis Passman Kornicker will help women prepare for public leadership, political engagement, and careers in politics.

The Young and the Restless

Some alumni spend several years building their careers before donating to Rutgers. These recent grads want to give, and give what they can, right now.

Lessons for Life

A new program helps student-athletes develop personal and professional skills to see them through upon graduation.

First Endowed Faculty Chair

A $3.4 million gift from Marlene and David Tepper will fund an endowed faculty chair in the Mason Gross School’s Department of Visual Arts, as well as provide scholarships for aspiring painters.

A Signature Education

Richie Goldman RC’72 helps underwrite the Signature Courses, unique lectures at the School of Arts and Sciences that offer multidisciplinary takes on 21st-century challenges.

All the Food Groups

A new research institute, supported by donors, will bring together multiple areas of study to work on a common problem: obesity and related illness.

London Bridge

Donations help acting students like Annapurna Sriram to train at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Through Our Rutgers, Our Future, the university aims to dramatically increase private support for students and learning.

Horse Sense

From the moment her father placed her on a pony when she was three years old, Karyn Malinowski CC’75, GSNB’80, ’86 was a goner for horses—an ardor that developed into a lifelong passion that few enthusiasts can match.
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