A college reunion in England two years ago not only helped rekindle friendships, it sparked the formation of a scholarship to help future RIT/NTID students.
The Warren R. Goldmann Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in June by RIT/NTID Associate Professor Warren R. Goldmann and his college friend, Sterling Franklin.
The two friends attended Stanford University and participated in the six-month-long Stanford-in-Britain program in 1966. During a reunion there in 2006, Goldmann mentioned he’d like to start an endowed scholarship at RIT/NTID to help students with hearing loss succeed in college.
Franklin, a lawyer from Van Nuys, Calif., drafted a Living Trust for Goldmann which included a $200,000 bequest to NTID. When Franklin learned that the U.S. government would provide matching funds for endowed scholarship donations, Franklin, a trustee of the Morris S. Smith Foundation, agreed to donate $25,000 from the foundation to establish the Goldmann scholarship now, so that Goldmann could begin meeting the beneficiaries of the award.
The scholarships will be paid from investment income earned from the original donation. Franklin has also donated $2,500 so that the first award can be made in September 2008.
“Warren is a great guy,” Franklin said. “I was touched by his eagerness to help NTID students and I wanted him to feel the joy of meeting the scholarship awardees starting in 2008.”
Goldmann said scholarships enabled him to pursue a college education. He wants to help future students have the same opportunities he did.
“Being awarded scholarships made it possible for me to obtain an excellent education at Stanford that I could not have afforded otherwise,” Goldmann said. “I was very grateful for these scholarships and the education they gained me.”
A student eligible for the scholarship must be a deaf or hard-of-hearing NTID-sponsored undergraduate who has a need for financial aid, is majoring in an undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) program of study at RIT and is expected to earn a grade point average of at least 2.9.
Goldmann, who received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford, was one of the first deaf RIT/NTID faculty members hired when the college first opened its doors to students in 1968. In 1974, through part-time study he earned his Master’s in electrical engineering at RIT. He primarily taught mathematics until his retirement in 2006. He has agreed to return to NTID for the 2008-09 academic year to teach again.
“I get tremendous satisfaction from reflecting on my teaching career and the many wonderful relationships I enjoyed with RIT/NTID faculty, staff and students,” Goldmann said. “NTID has provided me with many opportunities for personal growth.”
Goldmann said he was also inspired to start a scholarship after reading To Carolyn With Love, written by Franklin’s father, Dr. Carl M. Franklin. Dr. Franklin and his wife, Carolyn, were prolific fundraisers and donors to the University of Southern California.
“This book is full of examples of the couple’s dedication to their beloved university, as well as how they were able to inspire others to support USC with gifts,” Goldmann said. “They inspired me to donate to NTID, and my love of NTID inspired Sterling to make his donation so that the Goldmann Endowed Scholarship Fund can begin helping students in the immediate future.”
Goldmann hopes his example will inspire others to establish similar scholarships.
“I cannot think of any better way in which friends of NTID can make a positive difference for deserving students, in perpetuity, than by creating and donating to endowed scholarship funds.”