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$500k gift will endow scholarship in honor of former chair of Connecticut College Board of Trustees

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Jean Curtin Tempel, a 1965 alumna of Connecticut College and former vice chair of the college's Board of Trustees, has donated $500,000 to the college to endow a scholarship in honor of Barbara Shattuck Kohn, a 1972 alumna and immediate past chair of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees.

"This scholarship is to recognize Barbara Kohn's tremendous leadership, under which the college has strengthened and flourished," Tempel said. "Her enthusiasm and supportive style recognized the efforts of trustees, faculty, administration, alumni and students and she rallied everyone together. Connecticut College is fortunate to have had such a strong, affirmative and engaged board chair."

The Kohn Scholarship will be given to a student who is involved in community service, displays strong leadership skills and demonstrates an interest in the sciences.

"Connecticut College is dedicated to expanding access for deserving students through financial aid, and we are very grateful for Jean Tempel's support and generous gift," Martha Merrill, dean of admission and financial aid, said.

Students eligible for the Kohn Scholarship include those accepted into the College's Science Leaders program. Launched in 2007 with a National Science Foundation grant, the Science Leaders program is designed to increase the number of women and minority students graduating from Connecticut College with a degree and research experience in the sciences. Students admitted to the program benefit from additional mentoring and support, career preparation and counseling and assistance applying to graduate and medical school.

Tempel, the scholarship's benefactor, is a distinguished alumna who served on the Board of Trustees with Kohn. In 2008, the College named its main campus green Tempel Green in her honor.

Kohn, who served on the Board of Trustees for 13 years, is a founding partner of Shattuck Hammond Partners, LLC, one of the largest health care investment banking companies in the United States. She graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in human ecology, a precursor to today's environmental studies major.

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college's 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning.

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November 12, 2009