Paying It Forward
Collen Gurlea Paige ('87) with the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Carlow University, Chrys Gabrich, at the 2010 Legacy Luncheon. Gabrich was one of Paige's communication professors when she was a student at Carlow.Colleen Gurlea Paige Establishes Scholarship in her Estate
Colleen Gurlea Paige ('87) recently added Carlow University to her estate plans by including an endowed scholarship in her name for a future student majoring in communication.
My Carlow experience from 1983 to 1987 included a double major in communication and journalism. I lived in the dorm for three years and commuted my senior year. I remember being a very driven young woman and working very hard in all my classes and at my many part-time jobs.
Like today, times were hard. My parents desperately wanted me to attend college, but they couldn't contribute to the cost. My financial obligations were paid with many loans, work-study opportunities, and a few scholarships and grants. The aid I received gave me some peace of mind. I graduated in 1987 knowing one day I would repay the kindness of these scholarships and grants somehow. My motivation to include Carlow as a beneficiary in my estate plans was to pay it forward for future students and to contribute to a university that gave me a strong skill set upon which to build my professional career.
I married an active duty Coast Guardsman in 1990, and I have had the wonderful opportunity to live and work in many parts of the United States. My Carlow experience gave me the strength to face challenging situations and a wide variety of professional work. I have reported for newspapers, radio, and television and have also spent many years in health care public relations.
I hope that this endowment will bring peace of mind to a future Carlow student studying communication and I hope it will help attract deserving communication students to study at Carlow. I also want my endowment planning to encourage others to remember the many gifts of a Carlow education in a tangible way.
My recent decision to make an endowment commitment was simply giving back to a place that gave quite a lot to me . . . and to show my heartfelt appreciation.