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  • Congressman Frank J. Guarini Contributes $1-Million Signature Gift to NJCU

    Congressman Frank J. Guarini, a stalwart friend and long-time supporter of New Jersey City University (NJCU), today donated a $1-million signature gift in support of the 83-year-old public institution and its mission to provide a diverse population with access to an excellent university education.

    Congressman Guarini’s gift will provide significant resources to NJCU in support of scholarships and special programs that will transform the lives of students for generations to come. The donation will honor the Congressman’s mother, the late Caroline L. Guarini, with an endowment in music and the performing arts, and his nephew Peter G. Mangin with an endowed scholarship fund to support interdisciplinary urban studies, planning, and development.

    In announcing the gift, NJCU president Carlos Hernández thanked Congressman Guarini for his “true generosity and bold investment in the future.”

    Dr. Hernández said, “For decades Congressman Guarini has been committed to providing transformative opportunities for NJCU students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. His love of higher education has enabled students to pursue their dreams and build successful careers.”

    William Fellenberg, interim executive director of the NJCU Foundation and interim vice president for university advancement, noted that “the Congressman’s gift will have far-reaching effects on the ability of NJCU students and faculty to engage in scholarship at a time when budget downturns could otherwise hinder studies and new approaches to learning.”

    A portion of Congressman Guarini’s endowed gifts will be matched by a Title V grant which NJCU received from the U.S. Department of Education in 2011.

    For decades Congressman Guarini has been among NJCU’s top donors. In 2000, the University named its state-of-the-art library in his honor. He has also funded the award-winning NJCU Student Investment Management Group.

    Congressman Guarini’s extensive public service to Hudson County, the State of New Jersey, and the nation spans more than six decades. First elected to represent New Jersey’s 14th Congressional District (Hudson County) in 1978, he served in the House of Representatives continuously to 1993. He had served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1965 through 1972 and is credited with advocating and writing stringent environmental protection laws during his years in the New Jersey Senate.

    Widely recognized as an authority on international trade, domestic budget matters, and narcotics control, Congressman Guarini has been active in civic affairs and in numerous professional and community service organizations in his hometown, Jersey City, and around the world.

    New Jersey City University awarded Congressman Guarini an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 1993.
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