December 7, 2015

Meeting Gillings School students today, preparing the School for tomorrow
My parents believed in higher education. They were proud to have earned university degrees, and they made a point of giving back to the schools that made them who they were. During most years of their lives – and even as part of their estate plans – they made sure that other students would have the opportunities that good fortune gave to them.

They were great role models.

Since I attribute much of my success in life to my graduate education, I have been gratified to support my alma mater, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, every year since I graduated in 1971.

I’ve made gifts in a number of different ways, both in time and financial resources.

One way I’ve done this is to designate the Gillings School of Global Public Health as beneficiary on several of my tax-deferred investment funds.

Last year, when I turned 7012, I was required to take a minimum payout from some of these funds. Since I’m fortunate not to need that income right now, I’ve allotted the next five years of that income to a scholarship at the School. I hope to be able to continue this practice for the rest of my life.

I have an opportunity to accomplish more of what I want while I’m still alive and can enjoy it, as well as knowing that my planned gift will create a permanent legacy.

It will give me pleasure to get to know the students who are beneficiaries of this aid and to feel appreciated for making a difference in their lives. Knowing I can help someone directly in this way means a lot to me.

– Priscilla Guild

We thank Priscilla Guild for her extensive support of the Gillings School, including the Priscilla Alden Guild Scholarship in Public Health and her many years of service on the School’s alumni and Public Health Foundation boards.

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