Our Giving Story: The Burgers
Creating opportunity for others
April 16, 2014 | by Alyssa Alegre
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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