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Paula Vaughan BSBA ’90, MSM ’98

For Paula Vaughan, giving back is an ingrained behavior.

Paula VaughanVaughan, who completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1990 and a Master of Science in Management in 1998, said she always felt a lingering need to finish college to satisfy her own sense of accomplishment.

“For me, earning the bachelor’s degree was a personal milestone,” said Vaughan. “By the time I completed my master’s degree, it was clearly to help address the changing work environment and to have credentials that would serve me in any future position. My gratitude to the University continuously evolved to my participation in the Alumni Association and becoming a donor.”

Vaughan, a Prudential retiree and long-time donor to the University, was able to increase her support of the University through the generous matching gift program offered by her former employer.

Today, a scholarship endowment at Thomas Edison State University bears her name with a portion of the contributions she makes matched by Prudential.

“When I was approached about considering a scholarship endowment, it just felt right to move to donating through the institution to deserving individuals who qualify for the [Paula Vaughan Scholarship] Endowment Fund to help adult learners achieve their goals. I give to the University because it was the most viable solution for completion of my education, and I want TESU to continue to be accessible for other adults like me. This is my ‘paying it forward’.”