Rutgers University-Camden has announced a $3.5 million gift from a faculty member who wishes to remain anonymous in support of a program for high-achieving students committed to public service.
The largest gift in the history of Rutgers-Camden will establish the Rayman L. Solomon Scholars program at the Camden campus of Rutgers Law School. Named in honor of the school's former dean (1998-2014) and provost (2014-15), the program will provide annual student financial support to high-achieving students as well as programming and mentoring opportunities. Solomon scholars also will be eligible for summer stipends in support of their public service work. Last year, the donor gave an additional $50,000 to enable the first three Solomon Scholars to matriculate in the fall.
"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," said Solomon. "I am deeply honored by this incredible demonstration of selfless generosity made in my name by a valued friend and colleague. While I may have been surprised that it was done in my name, I was not at all surprised by the donor's commitment to helping our students, to strengthening the academic community at Rutgers Law School, and to furthering the goal of training graduates who are dedicated to improving the lives of every American. I am confident that this program will succeed in fulfilling this ambitious vision."