“With so many worthy causes to choose from, how do you pick?”
Gloria and Roger Hunt ’66, MBA ’72, say giving to the UO was an easy choice. Although they live in Tacoma, Washington, both have Oregon roots.
He went to high school in Coos Bay. She grew up in Springfield. Each had successful careers with Weyerhaeuser Company.
They wanted to give back something meaningful, so recently they significantly stepped up their support for PathwayOregon by establishing a charitable remainder trust with the UO Foundation.
“Roger and I believe that education is essential to a better future for individuals and communities,” Gloria said. “These students have done their part. They have worked hard, achieved good grades, and exhausted all federal, state, and university grant funds. Without a program like PathwayOregon, a university education would still be beyond their reach.”
The Hunts’ gift provides them with an income stream for life. Afterward, the remainder will go into an endowment dedicated to PathwayOregon.
“We see this as a win-win-win,” said Roger. “Giving to PathwayOregon helps our estate plan, it supports the University of Oregon, and most important, it will provide the opportunity for a college education to a large number of deserving Oregon students.”
Now in its sixth year, Pathway Oregon increases access for lower-income Oregon high school graduates. To ensure that they earn degrees, the program provides dedicated academic advising and resources for social support along with guidance and financial counseling throughout their undergraduate careers.
“The program’s effectiveness is clearly demonstrated in the higher sophomore retention rates for PathwayOregon recipients compared to the general student population,” Roger said. “PathwayOregon works and is worthy of widespread support. Gloria and I are proud to be a part of this effort.”
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