Pictured left to right: (sitting) Rowan College Foundation at Gloucester County Chairperson Steven Shriver and RCGC Dean Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Susan Hall, (standing) RCGC President Frederick Keating and siblings Matthew, Joshua and Kellyn Hall.
Gary S. Hall is remembered for his strength, faith and dedication to family by those who were blessed to know him during his brief 34 years on earth. In celebration of the joy and love he brought to others, his family has established the Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) Gary S. Hall Memorial Scholarship, an endowment focused on the importance of continuing education.
A lifelong resident of Gloucester County, Hall was raised in Deptford before marrying and moving to Washington Township where he lived with his wife, Susan, and three children Kellyn, Joshua and Matthew. Before his death in 1993, Hall held management positions at the Deptford McDonalds and the Claridge Casino.
The College's latest endowment recognizes the importance of students continuing their education to earn a bachelor's degree and offers financial assistance to RCGC graduates transferring to a four-year institution. The Hall family has experienced firsthand the positive impact that an advanced degree can have in someone's life and wants to support others as they continue their educational journey.
Dr. Susan Hall — today the dean of the College's Nursing and Allied Health Division — was a young mother with three small children when her husband passed away. In 1997, she graduated from Gloucester County College (now RCGC) with an associate degree in nursing and over the next two decades continued to pursue her educational goals earning bachelor, master and doctorate degrees. The Hall's three children, also alumni of RCGC, all transferred to four-year universities.
"Our family has been blessed by the generosity of others during our educational journey," said Hall. "We thought it would be a great way to honor Gary's memory by assisting those who have demonstrated success towards their professional goal. The administration, faculty and staff at the College have validated the importance of a quality education while serving as positive role models."
The Gary S. Hall Memorial Scholarship, available to RCGC graduates majoring in business, music or nursing who plan to transfer to a four-year university or college, provides $500 annually to a Gloucester County resident with a grade-point-average of 2.5 or greater. Applicants are required to submit a 250-word essay describing future academic plans and demonstrate experience in a leadership position related to their area of study or in a volunteer role. Preference will be given to a first generation college graduate. The scholarship may be used for tuition, books or fees.
"We are very grateful to the Hall family for their generous contribution to the College and the community," said Foundation Chairperson Steven Shriver. "This scholarship provides financial support to assist graduates as they transfer from RCGC to a four-year university, emphasizing the value of higher education while encouraging leadership and volunteerism."
"The Hall family has a history at RCGC and close relationships with faculty and staff," stated College President Frederick Keating. "Dr. Susan Hall is a graduate of our nursing program. She continued to advance her education and now serves as the dean of Nursing and Allied Health. Her three children are also graduates from here. This endowment will serve as a legacy to inspire students to pursue knowledge as they work to improve their lives through higher education. It is a thoughtful way to honor a dedicated husband and father."
The Rowan College Foundation at Gloucester County strives to support deserving students in their quest for higher education. A non-profit and independent public charity, the Foundation provides scholarships for RCGC students through the generosity of individuals, organizations and companies in the area, offering numerous academic and program scholarships annually to qualified students enrolled on a full- or part-time basis.
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Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.