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PR # 250 May 19, 2008


Mark Malone was a student at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) when he broke his neck in a swimming accident in 1983. Despite his injury, he returned to the College the following year and graduated in 1986.

?It was the perfect place to start back after my injury,? Malone said recently.

Since then, the South Bound Brook resident has traveled a challenging road in his motorized wheel chair, but he credits his experience at RVCC with his ability to maneuver around those challenges. To ensure that other physically disabled students have the same opportunities, Malone has donated close to $7,000 to the RVCC Foundation to establish the Malone Foundation Scholarship.

Malone, who also graduated from Rutgers University in 1989, worked for AT&T for 10 years before leaving to begin the Malone Foundation. In 2004 he went on to a second career as the coordinator of the Somerset County Office of the Disabled.

Speaking at last month?s RVCC student picnic, Malone recited the Malone Foundation credo as his reason for making his gift: ?Live your life and hope for a cure; not live for a cure and hope for a life.? He believes that an education will prepare other disabled students to realize their ambitions, and he hopes his gift to the RVCC Foundation will help make that possible.

For more information about this or other scholarship opportunities, contact the Financial Aid Office at RVCC, 908-526-1200, ext. 8371. To make a scholarship gift, contact the RVCC Foundation at ext. 8349.

The RVCC Foundation is committed to raising private funds to ensure that a quality education remains accessible to all.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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