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Former governors legacy to continue at URI
Scholarship set up in
Lincoln and Marilyn Almonds names
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 30, 2003 -- What do you give a governor for a going away gift?
Thats what staff and friends pondered as Gov. Lincoln C. Almond of Lincoln prepared to leave office this winter after serving the state of Rhode Island for the past eight years.
"We wanted to give him a lasting gift," said Joseph S. Larisa Jr., Almonds former chief of staff.
Larisa talked it over with some colleagues including Clark Greene, deputy chief of staff, Lisa Pelosi, the governors press secretary, and John Holmes, former Republican Party and Almond campaign chairman.
When the group hit upon the idea of establishing an endowed scholarship at the University of Rhode Island, it stopped brainstorming and started calling friends and associates for contributions.
So far, the group has raised more than $50,000 for the Governor and Mrs. Lincoln Almond scholarship. The fundraisers goal is $100,000. The endowment principal earns interest income, which will fund the scholarships. The initial gift is preserved as principal in perpetuity.
The gift to URI is a natural one, according to Larisa. Almond was the first URI alumnus to serve as governor of Rhode Island. His wife, Marilyn, also graduated from the University.
"There is a real University connection," said Larisa. "As governor, Lincoln Almond always put an emphasis on higher education. He has asked that these scholarships benefit Rhode Island students from public schools who show need and demonstrate merit."
"Governor and Mrs Almond are not only alumni, they are also great friends of the University," commented Robert Beagle, vice president of University Advancement. "They also know how critical it is that we have more scholarships to help students in need. It isn't surprising, then, that their friends would want to establish this endowment in their names at URI as a permanent legacy. We are deeply grateful to the Almonds and to everyone who has been working to make this generous gift a reality."
"Its good to know that this gift will go on forever," Larisa said. "More importantly, its great that this scholarship fund will help Rhode Island schoolchildren who may not otherwise be able to attend college."
Anyone interested in contributing to the scholarship should make checks payable to the URI Foundation. Please note "Almond scholarship" on your check and mail to 79 Upper College Rd., Kingston, R.I. 02881-2023.