Rowan University at Camden

Alumna Creates Camden EOF Scholarship Fund

Hazel May, class of '68, remembers how difficult it was juggling work and her education as an elementary education major as she commuted to and from then Glassboro State College. Forty years later, she is in a position to ease the burden for students who may share the aspirations and dreams, and perhaps the challenges, she had.

At a recent luncheon on the Camden Campus, Mrs. May and her husband, the Reverend Thomas May, announced their commitment to create a scholarship fund dedicated to Camden Educational Opportunity Fund students. They will contribute $10,000 a year toward the scholarship fund for the rest of their lives.

"This gift is a legacy that will live on forever, because it is opening the doors of opportunity  not just for today's students, but for their children and grandchildren," said President Donald Farish. 

Mrs. May taught physical education in the Lindenwold School District for 30 years. Mr. May started his career as a small businessman and opened a funeral home in Camden 30 years ago. The family business thrived and today May Funeral Homes are also located in Pennsauken, Willingboro and Vineland. The Mays reside in Somerdale and have five adult children.

"Fortunately, I was awarded a similar scholarship (as a student) at Hofstra University," said Mr. May. "The program here is very similar, giving someone the opportunity to get a higher education when they may not be able to afford it. It is an opportunity for us to give back."

"We prosper as a society because we give back as we are able. Thank you for exemplifying the very best principles we have in our society, Reverend and Mrs. May," said Farish in accepting this year's contribution.

Rowan University is celebrating 40 years of service to Camden this year. The University is in the process of purchasing a former bank building located on the corner of Broadway and Cooper Street to enable the University to increase offerings and expand enrollment from 500 to 1,500 students.

Rev. and Mrs. May visit the preschool at the Camden Campus.
Rev. and Mrs. May visit the preschool at the Camden Campus.