Ronald Goodman, a former Quincy College Professor and Houghs Neck resident has endowed an initial investment of $10,000 to establish the Ronald Goodman Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to two Quincy College students from the Houghs Neck section of Quincy. The Ronald Goodman Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the Spring of 2017.
Ronald Goodman reflects on his history with Quincy College and his connection to the South Shore: “Working in Higher Education, first at Quincy College and now at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement has kept me involved in my community. For half a century, Quincy College was an important part of my life. I am invested in the fields of Liberal Arts and Natural Science and want to bolster the future of students in these areas of academic study.”
Qualified scholarship recipients must be a second-year Quincy College student from the Houghs Neck section of Quincy. To qualify for the scholarship, students must major in Liberal Arts or Natural Science and have the highest GPA amongst applicants.
Professor Goodman was a fixture at Quincy College starting his tenure with the college in 1962 as an English teacher. In 1966, he joined the college full time. Goodman taught across disciplines in seemingly disparate areas of academic expertise having taught English, Biology, English Literature, American Literature, and Computer Science. Goodman retired full time from the college in 1995 but continued to support the Computer Science department, which he helped found on campus, as a consultant.
Thomas Pham, Quincy College Vice President for Technology & Missions Support who collaborated with Professor Goodman as a System Administrator reflects on the impact Goodman had on campus: “Prior to Professor Goodman’s involvement, there weren’t any computers available for students. Professor Goodman recognized the growing need in the 1980’s for an innovative new Computer Science program at Quincy College. He approached the President of the College at the time and procured fifteen PC Juniors for $15,000. The Quincy College Computer Science program is thriving to this day with over 13 computer labs on campus. This is just one example of Professor Goodman’s impact felt on the Quincy College campus. His legacy will continue here at Quincy College with the endowment of the scholarship in his name.”
It is undeniable that Ron has had a lasting impact on Quincy College. Tina Cahill, Director of Institutional Advancement at Quincy College reflects on Ronald Goodman’s generosity and the importance of community giving in higher education: Quincy College is grateful for Professor Goodman’s generosity. His support is a wonderful example of the power of philanthropic giving. Individuals or private businesses who wish to support Quincy College’s mission and ultimately its students may do so by establishing a scholarship, including the college in a planned giving strategy, or making a tax deductible donation. We are grateful to the individuals that shape not only our student’s futures but shape the college as a whole.”
“I feel very good about the direction of Quincy College and its development in the last few years,” Goodman elaborated. “The college has survived and more importantly thrived. I’ve chosen to invest in students futures by endowing the Ronald Goodman Scholarship.”
For more information on the Ronald Goodman Scholarship, visit the Quincy College Scholarship website. Individuals and businesses interested in making a philanthropic gift to Quincy College may contact Tina Cahill, Director of Institutional Advancement.