Ruth Marder pledges $1 million to TU’s Top 10% Scholars Program

Gift to establish endowment to provide scholarship support for students with financial need

TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 20, 2008)—Because access to quality higher education has long been a strong interest of Ruth R. Marder, she has pledged $1 million to Towson University’s Top 10% Scholars Program. The Top 10% Scholars Program enrolls students who have completed a college prep curriculum and rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class from a Baltimore City or Baltimore County public high school.

Marder, a longtime supporter of Towson University and its programs, has donated generously to the College of Fine Arts and Communication, which has named a performance venue in her honor. Her commitment to the Top 10% Scholars Program will establish an endowment to provide scholarship support for students with financial need.

“I am thrilled to extend my support to this wonderful program, which recognizes the academic achievement of some of Baltimore’s brightest young people,” exclaims Marder. “It’s very meaningful to me to know that my contribution will aid promising students on the journey to achieve their dreams, whatever those dreams may be.”

Marder’s contribution brings Towson to the brink of meeting a five-year challenge issued in 2006 by the Baltimore-based France-Merrick Foundation to assist the university in raising $1.5 million in scholarship aid for Top 10% students with need.

Towson University President Robert L. Caret noted, “In its fourth year with more than 400 students enrolled, our Top 10% Scholars Program not only opens doors for students, it also provides them support to adjust and excel in a competitive academic environment. It’s a powerful statement of our commitment to providing accessibility to quality education for those students who might otherwise not have an opportunity to attend college.”

Caret added, “We are so grateful for Ruth’s support, which accelerates by nearly two years our progress in securing scholarship funds, and positions us to surpass the challenge set by the France-Merrick Foundation."

“Ruth continues to be a shining example of an individual who truly understands how one person can make a difference,” said Gary N. Rubin, vice president for University Advancement. “Her gift propels the continued momentum of our capital campaign and will stand as an example to others.”

Among her many community involvements, Marder serves on the Towson University Board of Visitors.






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