There is perhaps no one more grateful to the men and women of America's military than the parents of young people who have served. Inspired by their own children's service, Gregory F. Summers, GSB '78, and Eileen Sudler, TMC '71, have each created family scholarships for the growing ranks of Fordham’s veterans and their dependants.
"They gave up a few years of their lives. It's the least we can do," said Summers, a managing partner at Chartwell Trading LLC, and father to Greg Jr., who in 2008 was deployed to Kuwait for 12 months with the U.S. Army. He discovered that for some veterans, like former Reservists and National Guard members who did not serve enough time, the post-9/11 GI Bill would not cover all their college costs.
Summers has made gifts totaling more than $300,000 to the Summers Family Gabelli School of Business Endowed Merit Scholarship for Veterans, founded in 2010. He also contributed $25,000 to the Gabelli School’s discretionary fund.
Like the Summers, Eileen Sudler knows what it’s like to have a child in the service. Both of her sons, Daniel and Brian, joined the military after college, serving with the Marines and the Green Berets, respectively.
“My boys were lucky, but others who they know well were not,” said Sudler, general counsel of the Sudler Companies, a privately held commercial real estate firm.
"We certainly got a taste of what military families go through and the sacrifices they make," said Sudler, who created the Sudler Family Endowed Scholarship this spring with a gift of $100,000.
"It is a life-changing thing when [veterans] can go to school," she said.