Meet Our Donors
We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to Montclair State University. Here are their stories.
Though he never attended Montclair State University, Jerry Appelstein knows a good thing when he sees one. His passion for the University’s mission inspired him to create scholarships for future students.
Rev. Dr. Glenmore Bembry Jr. '78 believes in leaving a legacy. His will be one of giving back and supporting students.
In the summer of 1971, Peter P. Balsamo studied abroad in Spain, an experience made possible through a scholarship. Now a firm believer in the value of studying abroad, he's paying forward the opportunity for deserving students for generations to come with an endowed scholarship.
Judy Graef knew she wanted to help when she learned how many students nearly achieve their degree when unexpected circumstances interfere financially. By giving from her IRA, she's proud to establish a scholarship to support those students.
Maryann Bond Doherty understands the value of giving, whether it be her time, talent or treasure. Now, with their charitable gift annuity, she and her husband get a little back, too.
Proud of his Montclair State education, Fred Bednarek made future provisions for the Montclair State University Foundation to be used for a scholarship. But after seeing how a fellow alumnus made a difference, he decided he wanted to see the impact of his generosity during his lifetime.
Thanks to scholarships, Jean Trotta Cooper and her late husband, Edward, received Montclair State University educations that launched their successful teaching careers. That's why Jean finds fulfillment in helping future teachers do the same with a scholarship they established at MSU.
Thanks to his generosity, Montclair State University students interested in language studies will enjoy the same opportunities that led Conrad J. Schmitt into a successful career.
Though Marian McGinty did not attend Montclair State University, she still found a new beginning at the University. Her hope is that the music scholarships she established for female vocalists will serve the same purpose for their recipients.
As a testament to their strong belief in the value of education, Ruth Wing Morgan established a scholarship in her and her late husband's names. By giving to the fund annually, she's able to witness the lives changed and bettered by their generosity and a Montclair State University education.