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  • NJCU Alumnus George Karnoutsos Donates $440,000 towards Scholarships for Honors Program Freshmen

    Dr. George Karnoutsos ’55, a professor emeritus of philosophy at New Jersey City University whose commitment to his alma mater spans more than five decades and whose $2.5 million gift in celebration of his 50th reunion remains the University’s largest to date, has donated another significant gift: $440,000 to help support scholarships for high-achieving freshmen accepted into the University’s Honors Program.

    In announcing the gift, NJCU President Sue Henderson thanked Dr. Karnoutsos and said, “Dr. Karnoutsos’ commitment to this University has been unwavering, first as a dedicated and beloved faculty member and, through the years, as one of this University’s most loyal and significant donors. High-achieving students for generations to come will benefit from his unparalleled generosity.”

    Dr. Karnoutsos, for whom the University’s George Karnoutsos Arts and Sciences Hall is named, taught at his alma mater for 40 years before retiring in 2000. During his four decades at the institution, Dr. Karnoutsos also served as assistant director of graduate services; chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion; and chair and vice chair of the College Senate.

     

    In addition to his most recent gift, Dr. Karnoutsos has made many other financial donations to the University, including annual contributions to the George Karnoutsos Endowed Scholarship Fund, which he established in 2001 and is the largest fund managed by the NJCU Foundation.

    William Y. Fellenberg, interim executive director of the NJCU Foundation and NJCU interim vice president for University Advancement, said, “Dr. Karnoutsos is one of NJCU’s most generous donors and through his regular contributions to his Scholarship Fund, the NJCU Foundation is able to award five scholarships each year, helping well-deserving students to continue their education. Just as with his namesake Fund, Dr. Karnoutsos has again stepped forward to help students.”

     
    Through the Honors Program, New Jersey City University will award full and partial scholarships to academically-talented incoming freshmen admitted to the Program. Scholarship awards will be based on high school class rank, grade point average, and SAT scores.

    Among other opportunities, students in NJCU’s Honors Program will receive laptops and will have the chance to participate in two fully-funded exchange programs, either abroad or within the United States.
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