In 1946, few universities were admitting women who wanted to major in mathematics. Lucky for Janice Rittenburg Rossbach, UMass Amherst was the exception.
"I loved UMass. In a way, I felt my life started when I got to campus," she says. Janice leveraged her UMass degree to earn a master's from MIT and to study applied mathematics at Brown University. After 28 years at GTE Corp. as a military systems engineer, Janice retired. The Verizon Foundation, after its merger with GTE, matches Janice's contributions to UMass Amherst.
Over the years, Janice has dedicated her philanthropy for scholarships. "As a student, I worried about finances. I hope my scholarships reduce anxiety for young people who will make good use of their education as I did," Janice says.
Not long ago, Janice discovered the charitable gift annuity, which provides fixed payments for life, tax deductions and a good rate of return. "I wish I had established a charitable gift annuity long ago," Janice says.
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