Heartfelt Gifts

Love for Rutgers–Camden motivates alumni association support of student scholarships

The executive board of the Rutgers University–Camden Alumni Association (RUCAA) voted to give $5,000 to the Rutgers–Camden Chancellor’s Emergency Fund and committed to give $5,000 a year over the next five years to endow a scholarship fund of $25,000. This scholarship annually will benefit a Rutgers–Camden senior who earns goods grades and is involved as a campus leader. The gifts were approved in June and announced on Rutgers Giving Day. “It’s all because we love Rutgers–Camden and we love our students,” said RUCAA President John Kendall CCAS’80. “We are passionate about giving back to Rutgers, and giving to the students to help them along.”

Kendall welcomes other alumni to donate to the RUCAA endowment by visiting give.rutgers.edu/rucaafund. “We hope to grow the fund and make it bigger and better so it will become a channel for future donations,” he said. “It’s win-win-win—a win for the alumni, the students, and the university.”

Scott Owens CCAS’04, GSC’10, Rutgers–Camden’s acting vice chancellor for advancement, said the association’s gifts come at a critically important time. “These generous gifts announced during the pandemic send a clear message that our alumni care deeply for our students and are committed to supporting them,” he said. “We hope that these gifts from RUCAA will energize other alumni to give to areas of their choice at Rutgers–Camden.”

About the Alumni Associations

If you graduated from Rutgers University–Camden, you are automatically a member of both the univesitywide Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) and the Rutgers University–Camden Alumni Association (RUCAA). Prior to the pandemic, RUCAA hosted numerous events such as Night at the Theater featuring the Rutgers–Camden spring production; a Shark Tank program, inspired by the television show; an annual lifetime achievement award dinner; and other special events. “We are a very active group,” President John Kendall said, adding that RUCAA plans to resume in-person events when it is safe.

Under the umbrella of the RUAA, which consists of more than half a million alumni, there are numerous chartered groups that are organized and run by dedicated alumni volunteers. For a listing and information on all Rutgers–Camden chartered clubs, visit alumni.rutgers.edu/get-involved/clubs-and-groups.

For more information, email alumni@camden.rutgers.edu or call 856-225-6028. You can find RUCAA on Facebook at facebook.com/CamdenAlumniAssociation. For more information, email rutgerscamdenalumni@gmail.com or call 856-225-6028.

Pictured above, RUCAA officers with student Ka’Daysa Roberts CCAS’20, winner of the Shark Tank competition held in November 2019. From left, Ydian Velez CCAS’16, second vice president; Kenneth Fowlkes CCAS’79, treasurer; Roberts; and John Kendall CCAS’80, president.

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