WHEN JAY. R. SIMON ’68 retired as professor emeritus of neurobiology at Indiana University School of Medicine a few years ago, he reflected on his 35-year career in research and teaching. “I started thinking about how much I owed to URI,” he says. “My education there laid the foundation for the rest of my life.”
The realization inspired Simon to create an endowed scholarship as a way to show his gratitude to the College where he got his start. (“I remember when I got accepted, my father held up a sign that said, ‘U-R-In!’” he recalls.) “I worked very hard, but I don’t think I would have accomplished all that I have without the strong basics I got at URI.”
The newly endowed scholarship will benefit out-of-state, third-year Pharm.D. students. “I think anyone who feels that way should support the University,” says Simon, a New Jersey native.
He adds, “You always hear that it feels so good to give. It turns out, it really does.”