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  • NJCU Receives $50,000 Bequest to Establish Scholarship in Memory of Professor Janak Batra Chopra

    New Jersey City University has received a $50,000 gift to establish a scholarship in memory of Dr. Janak Batra Chopra, a mathematics professor at the University for nearly three decades who died in 1992. The bequest was made to the NJCU Foundation, Inc. through the estate of Dr. Chopra’s husband, Kewal Chopra, who taught mathematics at Rutgers University and passed away in May 2011.

    The Janak Batra Chopra Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for students majoring in mathematics at New Jersey City University.

    “This bequest will honor Dr. Chopra’s memory for years to come while continuing to help students pursue a field of study which was very important to her,” said William Y. Fellenberg, interim executive director of the NJCU Foundation and NJCU interim vice president for university advancement.

    “This gift also builds upon the growing support that NJCU has received for its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs, which includes a $9 million Title V United States Department of Education grant to support laboratory renovations and academic enhancements in these fields,” said Lori Summers, NJCU director of development.

    “This bequest will be matched dollar-for-dollar by this Title V grant, which NJCU received in 2011,” added Ms. Summers.

    Dr. Chopra, who died shortly after retiring from NJCU, joined the mathematics faculty of what was then Jersey City State College in 1962. She also served the institution as chair of the Mathematics Department.

    Dr. Chopra held four degrees from the University of Punjab: bachelor of arts, bachelor of technology, master of arts in mathematics, and master of arts in the Punjabi language. She received a master of education degree from the University of Delhi and a doctoral degree from the University of London.

    Founded as the Jersey City State College Development Fund, Inc. in 1977, the Fund became the NJCU Foundation, Inc. in 1998, reflecting the institution’s new name and University status.

    Working with the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement and the Development Office, the NJCU Foundation solicits and receives gifts from alumni, friends, parents, business leaders, corporations, foundations, faculty, staff, and retirees. Gifts made to the NJCU Foundation, Inc. may be made in cash, stock, securities, real estate, and personal property, and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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