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Rutgers-Camden Receives Historic Multi-Million-Dollar Gift

Rutgers University-Camden has received a $3.5 million gift, the largest donation in the school’s history.

The donor, a Rutgers-Camden faculty member, wished to remain anonymous. The multi-million-dollar gift will go towards creating a new program, the Rayman L. Solomon Scholars, which aims to attract high-achieving students with a demonstrated commitment to public service to the law school in Camden, according to a press release.

This gift is transformational in multiple ways,” Kimberly Mutcherson, co-dean of Rutgers Law School, says in the press release. “The vision set forth by our donor will allow Rutgers to continue to prepare the very best students from New Jersey, the nation, and the world to become the leaders that we need to guide the future.”

RAYMAN L. SOLOMON SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Rayman L. Solomon served as dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden from 1998 to 2014. Solomon also served as provost of Rutgers University–Camden from 2014 to 2015. He currently holds a University Professor of Law title, one of the highest ranks attainable at Rutgers, according to the university.

In addition to financial support, Solomon Scholars will also be eligible for receiving summer stipends that will go towards public service work. The scholars program includes special programming and mentorship for high-achieving students committed to a public service career.

“By recruiting high-achieving students who demonstrate their commitment to public service, this innovative program will directly provide support to our students, and will elevate Rutgers Law to the next level of prominence as a national public law school,” Solomon says in the press release.

The donor, while anonymous, gave a statement in regard to the historic gift.

“I want to give back to the place that has been the center of my professional life and that has introduced me to colleagues and students who have become close, lifelong friends. As The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers serves the public good. It’s at the core of our mission.”

Sources: Rutgers Camden, Rutgers

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