Temple Announces $10M Gift to Support Students with Disabilities

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Temple University recently announced it received a $10.9 million gift that will establish an endowed fund to support students with physical disabilities.

The donation was provided by the estate of Jeanne Zweig, a 1953 Temple alumna who had cerebral palsy. Zweig earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the university’s Fox School of Business. She later went on to start her own accounting firm, Zweig, Ramick & Associates.

The Jeanne Zweig Endowment Fund will offer scholarships and financial assistance for accommodations, such as assistive technology, that students may need.

“On behalf of the Temple community, we extend our profound gratitude to the Jeanne Zweig estate and Ms. Zweig’s extended family for this generous gift,” said Mary Burke, vice president of institutional advancement, in a university statement. “Throughout her life Jeanne supported Temple students with disabilities who, like her, had their sights set on making an impact in the world. We are honored to further advance that mission through the Jeanne Zweig Endowment.”

The funding from Zweig’s estate will generate approximately $450,000 per year to benefit scholarship recipients. Eligible students will begin receiving funds this fall semester.

The gift marks one of the largest donations made to a university in support of students with disabilities, according to a university news release.