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Joseph Paterno '63 and his wife, Nancy, like to say that a UNH education can take you to the top, but they understand that finding the funding is not always easy.

"We believe that a great career is predicated on a solid education and we understand the difficulties aspiring students face while pursuing their academic goals," says Joe, who received his B.S. from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. A chemical engineer and former corporate vice president with the Norton Company in Worcester, Mass., Paterno is also a longtime supporter and friend of the University who volunteers his time and expertise as assistant to the dean for industrial relations.

"Successful engineering is based on careful planning, and I have used that thinking when it comes to my financial strategy as well," says Joe. "For example, I had been contributing to an IRA, and its assets have grown significantly over the years. Through estate planning, we have designated some of those assets to establish a Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust. In doing so, I have accomplished two of my estate planning goals: securing a stable source of income for Nancy after my death, and providing an additional gift to The Joe and Nancy Paterno Endowed Scholarship Fund in support of CEPS undergraduates from New Hampshire.

"I've always loved this University and we wanted to provide the same educational opportunities to succeeding generations of undergraduates," he says. "It is gratifying to know that we have a role to play in ensuring a positive future for UNH students. Giving students a financial lift can be the ticket to their success."


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