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Jan. 8: Alumna bequeaths $1 million for student scholarships

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College recently received $1 million from the estate of Vivian Velehradsky Reardon, an alumna from the class of 1951, and Robert M. Reardon, M.D., which will go toward a scholarship fund that supports students with financial need.

The Reardons, who were keenly aware of the rising costs of higher education, were committed to sharing their resources with those less fortunate. They generously donated to Hood for 58 consecutive years, supporting a variety of the College's funds. In 2006, with nearly $130,000, they established the "Chug" scholarship, so named in recognition of Vivian's college nickname. Since then, their gifts, including this most recent bequest, have been earmarked for the scholarship.

"It is so very fitting that Vivian established this lifelong scholarship endowment," said Hood President Ronald J. Volpe. "She was so grateful for the education she received at Hood and often spoke of her desire to provide that same opportunity for others. Her generosity will help qualified students attend Hood for many generations to come."

The Reardons resided in Bloomington, Ill., and Bonita Springs, Fla.