By Dr. Chris Rasmussen, President of the Hall Education Fund, Inc.
In a ceremony at the New Brunswick Free Public Library on Tuesday, March 24, Church & Dwight, Inc., formally presented the Hall Education Fund, Inc. of New Brunswick, a check for $7,000 to provide college scholarships to students who are residents of New Brunswick.
Church & Dwight Co., Inc., headquartered in Princeton, manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products under the Arm & Hammer brand name and other well-known trademarks. The Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, a wholly owned subsidiary of Church & Dwight Co., Inc., is a workplace giving fund established in 2005 to meet the desires of Church & Dwight employees to financially assist those who are less fortunate and to actively support and participate in the good works of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to that end.
The Hall Education Fund, a New Brunswick charity founded in 1801 to educate poor children in New Brunswick, annually awards college scholarships to students who are residents of the city.
Chris Rasmussen, President of the Hall Fund, accepted the check from Clark Gram of Church & Dwight, and said that money spent on education is “an investment, not only in the students who receive scholarships, but in our society and our future.”
In addition to the presentation of the Church & Dwight grant, Silvia Muller, who teaches in the Program in Continuous Education at Rutgers, gave a lecture on the history of public education in New Brunswick. Karina Veliz, a 2008 New Brunswick High School graduate and Hall Fund scholarship recipient, described how the Hall Fund Scholarship has helped enable her to pay her college expenses. Veliz is a freshman at Rutgers University.