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Our Giving Story: The Burgers

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April 16, 2014 | by Alyssa Alegre

Our Giving Story: The Burgers

From serving in student government in the 1960s to becoming Dean of Women in Duke’s Woman’s College just three years after graduation, Paula Burger ’67, A.M.’74 is a natural leader who has spent her career advocating for students.

And she’s still at it today.

Burger, a university trustee emerita, says her Duke education significantly broadened her intellectual, cultural, and social horizons and stimulated an interest in higher education that fueled her career. It’s that kind of educational experience that she and husband, Peter, believe all aspiring young people deserve.

The couple have established a gift to come from their retirement funds after their deaths to provide need-based financial aid scholarships to promising undergraduates at Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. Their generous contribution will augment an endowed scholarship fund they previously created.

Today, nearly half of Duke students receive financial aid. The Burgers’ gifts will help meet a growing need for the university, while helping Duke’s culture of excellence to endure.

“Without financial aid, the university would be deprived of incredible talent. Moreover, a diverse student body contributes to a better education for all students, in and out of the classroom,” says Burger.

Their family, including daughter Elizabeth ’07, wants to provide to others the kind of opportunities that an excellent education affords.

“It’s a great privilege to contribute in a way that can make a real impact for years to come,” Burger says.

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About the author


Alyssa Alegre Assistant Director of Gift Planning

Alyssa oversees marketing and communications, events, and special initiatives for the Office of Gift Planning. She works closely with donors who are featured in Duke Magazine, the Blueprints blog and other publications. She also works closely with development teams, schools, and alumni volunteers as part of our comprehensive reunion efforts. Alyssa has previous work experience with a private law firm, several non-profit organizations, and a regional bank. She received her undergraduate degree and Masters of Business Administration from Niagara University. Alyssa joined the Gift Planning team in 2007, after relocating from Buffalo, New York. When she is not in the office, she enjoys being outdoors, running, and chasing after her twin daughters.

Alyssa Alegre can be contacted via email or by phone at (919) 681-8030.

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