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Meet Our Donors

We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.

Helmut Schrieber

Helmut Schrieber

Helmut travelled to the United States in 1955 from Berlin Germany to be a carpenter.  Growing up in Berlin as a young boy, Helmut saw the up close devastation of WWII.  He and his family experienced air raids, bombings and rebel fighting in the streets where he and his family called home. At the age of seven Helmut was evacuated from Berlin to a small town in southern Germany.  As a WWII survivor, Helmut was determined to have a better life and at the young age of 19, he came to America.

Not long after settling in Midland Park, NJ, Helmut met a young lady named Arlene Frey who quickly became his fiancé and then wife married in 1960.  He and Arlene were married for 54 years until her passing in 2014.  Together Arlene and Helmut established a scholarship at the University as well as three Charitable Gift Annuities.  Helmut most recently established a $40,000 CGA with the ultimate intent to provide funds for the Arlene and Helmut Schreiber Scholarship Endowment.

“William Paterson University was very special to my wife.  I’m glad I can continue her legacy of helping students,” said Mr. Schreiber.

If you would like to hear more about the Arlene and Helmut Schreiber Scholarship Endowment or to learn how you can set up a scholarship fund in your name or in the name of someone else, please call Spencer Scott at 973-720-2825, cell: 201-390-8605, or email: scotts7@wpunj.edu.  All gifts to a scholarship fund are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Dr. Jack Block

Dr. Jack Block

Dr. Jack Block retired from William Paterson University after serving as an Adjunct Professor for 24 years in the Humanities and Social Science Department teaching Western Civilization and World History.  He is a published author and noted authority on historical methods and processes.  His first book entitled, “Understanding Historical Research…A Search for Truth” was published in 1971.  His second book, entitled, “Studying and Writing History” was published in 2000 with revisions in 2005, 2009 and one scheduled for 2018.  “My research is for teachers of history, graduate students and the general public who want to understand the work of the historian. 

Because of Dr. Block’s keen connection with his students, he decided to establish the Dr. Jack Block Scholarship Fund through a bequest.  The preference of this fund is to provide scholarship support for minority students who are majoring in history.  “I established this scholarship fund to be a catalyst to help nurture young people’s interest in history and to encourage their individual passion, drive and commitment to give back to their communities,” said Dr. Block.

If you would like to hear more about the Dr. Jack Block Scholarship Fund or to learn how you can set up a scholarship fund in your name or in the name of someone else, please call Spencer Scott at 973-720-2825, cell: 201-390-8605, or email: scotts7@wpunj.edu.  All gifts to a scholarship fund are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.


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