Jane Malone-George Makes Gift to Endowment for Support of Student Scholarships
Though she was at the University of Dubuque for only two years, Jane (Sumpter) Malone-George says her UD experience provided a lifetime of benefits. Today, 60 years later, she wants to help other students realize those same benefits.
Jane, a UD student from 1947 to 1949, has established a charitable gift annuity (CGA) to support the university's endowment fund. She is also contributing to a scholarship for an individual student chosen by UD.
"The quality of the education is excellent," Jane says, "and I like the way they run the school with Christian beliefs and ethics." Along with this solid foundation, she says she is grateful for the steady guidance and encouragement she received at UD that allowed her the self-confidence to function on her own.
Jane grew up in the Chicago area, met her late husband at UD and still resides in Dubuque, where she leads historic tours for the city. She is a firm believer in the need and the importance of higher education, because a good education, she says, will give young people the ability to think and to reason.
Those two talents—thinking and reasoning—can be keys to a successful life, as "they give you the ability to adjust to a new job or a new situation."
In addition, Jane feels that attending a smaller school, like the UD, makes it easier to meet people and form new friendships. When she talks about her own student days, a big part of that conversation is the lifelong friendships she made.
"As a result of all I got from the University of Dubuque," Jane says, "I wanted to give something back. Plus, it is a good investment." Using a CGA to support UD's endowment allows Jane to make a significant gift to the university, while receiving an income tax deduction and secure payments for life.
"I believe that the university needs a strong endowment, and that by contributing to the endowment (which provides scholarships and financial aid), I can help students who would not otherwise be able to go to college."
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