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Connecticut College receives $1 million gift to support Posse program

06/17/2014

 The $1 million gift from Carol Feinberg '49 will support the College's Posse Scholar program, which graduated its first group of students in 2013. Candace Howes, the Ferrin Professor of Economics at Connecticut College (center), served as the group's mentor.

The $1 million gift from Carol Feinberg '49 will support the College's Posse Scholar program, which graduated its first group of students in 2013. Candace Howes, the Ferrin Professor of Economics at Connecticut College (center), served as the group's mentor.

Connecticut College has received a $1 million gift from Carol Feinberg, a 1949 graduate of the College, to support its Posse Scholars program. The gift will provide financial aid to future Posse Scholars through the Carol Jaffa Feinberg ’49 Posse Scholarship fund.

Posse Scholars are chosen for their academic and leadership potential by the Posse Foundation and admitted to a select group of private colleges and universities that provide full scholarships along with strong mentoring and support. Since 2009, when its first Posse Scholars arrived on campus, Connecticut College has enrolled 65 Posse students from the Chicago area, including 10 who will arrive in August as members of the Class of 2018.

“We are deeply grateful for Carol’s enthusiastic and enduring commitment to the College and to our Posse Scholars,” said President Katherine Bergeron. “This generous gift ensures that we will enjoy the presence of the Posse program — and the dynamic student leaders it brings to our campus — for many years to come.”

An avid art collector, Carol Feinberg is the wife of the late Maurice Feinberg, former president of Monsieur Henri Wines. She marked the 65th anniversary of her Connecticut College graduation by attending the Inauguration of President Katherine Bergeron in April, where she was pleased to meet with Posse Scholars Amanda Crawford ’14 and Jocelyn Reaves ’15. Feinberg’s positive interaction with the students underscored for her the importance of supporting the Posse Scholars program at the College.

“In the years since Connecticut College, I’ve realized what a rich education I had there. My children and I are thrilled and supportive of this gift to enhance the Posse Scholars program,” said Feinberg.

Her comments were echoed by her son, David Feinberg. “We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Connecticut College and the students who will receive this scholarship,” he said.

Connecticut College provides need-based financial aid to more than 50 percent of its students, including Posse Scholars. Generous supporters, like Carol Feinberg, help make this extraordinary commitment possible.


For media inquiries, please contact:
Deborah MacDonnell (860) 439-2504, dmacdonn@conncoll.edu


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