Impact of Giving

Meet Our Donors

Marcia Palo, Fitchburg State Class of 1966Marcia Palo, Class of 1966, graduated from Fitchburg State with a degree in nursing. For many years, she worked as a nurse at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, as well as the VA Medical Center in Boston. In her estate plans, Marcia specified that 15% of her residual estate be given to Fitchburg State to create a nursing scholarship in memory of her parents, Jacob and Stella Palo. The first scholarship will be awarded in the spring of 2020.

Dr. Elaine Nicpon Marieb, PhD, Fitchburg State Class of 1985Also a graduate of the Fitchburg State nursing program, Elaine Nicpon Marieb, PhD, Class of 1984 named the University as a beneficiary in her estate plans. As a nontraditional student herself, Dr. Marieb wanted to create a fund to provide support for, "women who are coming to college later in life or who are returning to college in hopes of finally earning their degree." In her own words about the important role education played in her life, "Education gave me the faith and confidence I have in myself, and I would love to help instill that faith in students pursuing careers in health professions. With confidence and education, you can change your life."