Gift to Mark an Anniversary

Gift to Mark an Anniversary

Few Americans spend 30 years in one city, let alone 30 years with the same employer. Sue Crawford has done both, and it’s one of the things that makes her special. Another is the way she’s celebrating her 30th anniversary on the job—by endowing a scholarship for students in the SPH Department of Environmental Health Sciences, where Crawford has worked since she was 22 years old.

“I don’t have kids. There’s not any other obvious place where I’d want to give my money, and it seemed the right time, especially with the President’s Challenge,” she says. The challenge adds one matching dollar to every two dollars a donor contributes, up to $1 million, to support graduate and professional students at the University of Michigan. As student services coordinator for her department, Crawford sees what students go through to make ends meet, and she wants to help ease the burden. She hopes that with additional contributions from faculty and alumni, the scholarship that bears her name will reach $50,000 in five years and generate $2,500 a year for an EHS student. It’s a mistake to think only the wealthy can do this kind of thing, Crawford says. “If you believe in education, you can do it. You don’t have to be rich.” She spent a long time thinking about her decision and finally realized there was no way she’d rather spend her money.

“This department has been family to me. I kind of grew up here, so why not give something back?”

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For more on the President’s Challenge, or to contribute to the Susan Crawford Scholarship Fund, visit www.sph.umich.edu/giving/