Jackie Fain Garber graduated from Ramapo College in 1975 and became a kindergarten and Montessori teacher. In 2001, she and her husband, Paul, decided to establish an annual scholarship to recognize good students with financial need who may require a little help in paying their college costs. "I've gotten so much from my Ramapo education," Jackie said at the time, "I would like to give back." Students who receive the Garber Scholarships may study any discipline, but must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing.
Through 10 years of funding annual scholarships, Jackie and Paul Garber have made a difference to 63 scholarship recipients. Both of them are astonished by the fact that so many worthy students have benefitted from their charitable giving.
"We look forward to meeting the scholarship recipients every year at the annual Scholarship Awards Dinner," Jackie says. "Each one has a different story that touches our hearts deeply."
"We are most impressed with the dedication of each scholarship recipient to getting a great education at Ramapo," Paul says. "Every student we met at the scholarship dinner expressed the hope to be able to give back someday."
When Jackie and Paul discussed permanently endowing their scholarship, they decided to make a gift through a charitable bequest. They found that including Ramapo College in a will is one of the easiest ways to support Ramapo College and future generations of students. As an added benefit, they retain control of their current assets for future needs.
After notifying the College of the bequest, Jackie and Paul were welcomed into Ramapo College's Legacy Society, an honored group of donors who have created endowments and planned gifts for scholarships, research and capital projects.
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