Rowan University

Robert O. Carr Funds $1.5 Million in Scholarships to Rowan University

Students facing financial challenges, who wish to pursue degrees at Rowan University in Glassboro, now have the opportunity to benefit from the generosity of Robert O. Carr, a internationally celebrated author, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Carr, through his organization Give Something Back, recently announced a $1 million donation to Rowan to fund scholarships for low-income students. This latest donation represents the second $1 million donation that Carr has made to the University, and Rowan was the first New Jersey university to benefit from Give Something Back’s generosity. The organization also made a $500,000 donation to one of the University’s community college partners, Rowan College at Gloucester County, to fund similar scholarships there.

“We deeply thank Mr. Carr for his vision and commitment to higher education and improving the lives of students and families for generations to come,” said Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “Rowan and its students owe a huge thank you to Mr. Carr and Give Something Back, whose goals of increasing access to an affordable, quality education align with those of the University.”

Give Something Back scholars are lower-income (Pell Grant eligible), academically driven students who have faced adversity. Many are the product of working-class families who live below the poverty line. Most are first-generation college students, and some have incarcerated parents or have grown up in the foster care system.

The organization selects scholarship recipients early—in the ninth grade—in order to prepare them for college. Give Something Back scholars are held accountable for their academics while still in high school. They are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school, take a college preparatory course load, and demonstrate strong character throughout the program.

Since 2003, Give Something Back has made contributions of more than $35 million in scholarships to help more than 1,500 students across seven states. Carr was inspired to help lower-income students make their dream of higher education come true because of his own experience with poverty. A $250 scholarship helped him to attend the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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