Rensselaer has received a gift of $1 million to establish the Paula and Jeffrey R. Gural ’64 Scholarship for undergraduate students in civil engineering. The endowment supports the $1.4 billion Renaissance at Rensselaer: The Campaign for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“I applaud and am grateful to Jeff and Paula Gural for their generosity and their commitment to engineering education,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “If the United States is to maintain its standing as the global technology leader, our nation will require a significant increase in the number of young people, especially the underrepresented majority women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who choose to pursue careers in science, engineering, and mathematics. This new scholarship is an important vote of confidence in these leaders of tomorrow.” Through the scholarship, Jeffrey Gural said he intends to help ease the financial struggle many students face to meet college costs.
“I have been fortunate to have a successful career, and I feel it is my responsibility to give back to the university that educated me,” Gural said. “I want the scholarship to support talented students from all walks of life, who will create the diversity we need on college campuses to solve the challenges facing the world.
“I made friends for life at Rensselaer, and I brought a group of my Phi Sigma Delta fraternity brothers back to visit a couple of years ago,” Gural continued. “I was very impressed with the changes across the entire university and I wanted to share the experience.”
At Rensselaer, approximately 90 percent of undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. This gift adds to $70 million that has been raised through the campaign to support scholarships and fellowships for Rensselaer students.
Gural is chairman of Newmark Knight Frank (NKF), a global real estate company with headquarters in New York City. In addition to the new endowed scholarship, Gural and his wife provide support for four Rensselaer Patroon Scholars each year. They are active in numerous philanthropic and community activities that provide for the economically and socially disadvantaged, including the “I Have A Dream” Foundation that supports education for children in low-income communities.
To learn more about Renaissance at Rensselaer: The Campaign for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, go to www.rpi.edu/campaign/index.html.