A Gift From First-Generation College Graduates Ensures a Legacy of Opportunity
A first-generation college student, Gloria (O’Toole) Ulterino ’62 was beginning her junior year at Rochester when she learned her father had died. In her time of grief, the University provided her with a scholarship so she could finish her studies. “If it had not been for the financial support I received from the University, I would not have been able to graduate. That help, and the comfort of classmates and friends, had a lasting impact on my life,” said Gloria.
Eugene Ulterino ’63 was also the first in his family to attend college. Without financial assistance, he would have never been able to attend Rochester and may have never met his wife, Gloria. Gene credits the University with the excellent education that prepared him for Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of the law review. He is now retired from a successful career as an attorney.
To thank the University for the support they received as students, the Ulterinos worked with the University’s Office of Trusts and Estates to structure a gift plan that enabled them to achieve their philanthropic goals and to establish the Ulterino Scholarship Fund. Their bequest intention, made in 2012 in honor of their 50th reunions, will help undergraduate students with financial needs at the School of Arts & Sciences.
“We both benefited so much from the scholarships we received,” said Gloria. “And we want to help people who are coming from similar circumstances who, otherwise, would not have the opportunity to receive this kind of education.”
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