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The Patricia Proctor Fund

Patricia Proctor, shown here volunteering at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, wants to help future scientists pursue their studies in hydrology, water management, earth, marine or environmental sciences. Her new endowed scholarship fund will be a source of support for students in Eastern Connecticut.

Ask Patricia Proctor why she wanted part of her legacy to be an endowed scholarship fund to benefit young people whom she will never meet, and she will give you a straightforward answer: “It’s an investment in the future.”

That clear-eyed vision about the future comes from a deep understanding of the past. She learned from both her own experience and those around her at home and in the workplace. The donor was a very small girl when she saw firsthand the important role of science and engineering in society. It all started with a very basic problem in her family’s backyard: a well that couldn’t pump water.

“In those days there were frequent power failures. Our well would shut down, and we would have no water at all,” she says. She realized then that only people with education and training could solve large-scale problems and alleviate such hardships. Her mother reinforced this idea, always telling her to value education.

The Patricia Proctor Scholarship Fund will provide tuition assistance for undergraduate and graduate students of Eastern Connecticut with good  character, strong academic records, and financial need. More specifically, the fund will benefit those who plan to major in hydrology, water management, earth, marine, and environmental sciences or agriculture. Applicants who have served in the United States military will receive  preference.

Thanks to her foresight, the Patricia Proctor Scholarship Fund will help to ensure that the well does not run dry for students of science and engineering who need financial aid.

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