GCC Foundation Bequeathed $230,000 In Honor Of Alumnus

PR 099 - June 11, 2013

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Endowment signing

GCC President Frederick Keating (left) watches as Bruce Carr signs endowment papers on Tuesday, June 1, establishing a perpetual scholarship in honor of his cousin, Paul D. Carr, who was killed in a 2003 industrial accident. The $230,000 donation is the third largest gift ever bequeathed to the College.

Deptford Twp. – A $230,000 donation in honor of Gloucester County College alumnus Paul D. Carr will be used to fund a perpetual scholarship for financially needy and deserving students. The gift is the third largest ever bequeathed to the College.

Carr, a graduate of Delsea Regional High School who earned an arts and sciences degree at GCC in 1974 and later returned to the college in 1987 to receive a second degree in digital electronics, was killed in a 2003 industrial accident at the Sony Music Plant in Pitman. At that time, family, friends and co-workers contributed money to establish a $1,000 scholarship in his name. In July 2010, his father, L. Paul Carr of Franklinville, passed away followed by his stepmother, June Carr, in September 2012. In accordance with their Last Will and Testaments they gifted the money they received from his Paul’s death to the College in order to establish the permanent scholarship.

“My uncle knew how much Paul love this college,” said Bruce Carr, who represented the family during the endowment signing. “My uncle was a very good man. This gift will help many students further their educations.”

“It is well known among the faculty and staff who had the privilege to interact with Paul Carr that he had a deep appreciation for higher education, a love of Gloucester County College, and a desire to help deserving students realize their dreams,” said GCC President Frederick Keating. “This is a very generous gift for which the College is extremely appreciative. It will open the door to opportunity for future students.”

 “It’s truly an honor to know that the Carr family holds Gloucester County College in such high regard and that this gift will continue to assist our students in their educational goals as well as serve as a tribute to a loved one,” said Foundation President Daniel Ball.

The GCC Foundation consists of volunteers representing business, industrial, professional, community and governmental leadership from throughout Gloucester County. This past year, it awarded nearly $175,000 in scholarships and grants. This donation will allow the Foundation to provide an additional $12,000 in scholarships annually.

Gloucester County College’s 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55. 

Information on the Foundation, its fund-raising events and the avenues open for individual, group and corporate support can be obtained by calling (856) 681-6202.