When Krikor Ermonian '52 established a scholarship fund more than 25 years ago in honor of his parents, Simon and Satenig Ermonian, he sought to ensure that students studying in the College of Engineering were able to finish their degrees.
He also had a passion for history, so he chose to include students with a similar passion in the department of history in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Over the years, hundreds of students have benefitted from Krikor's gift.
Now, Krikor has elected to make a bequest to UMass Amherst for this same scholarship fund. His generous bequest will help many more students realize their academic dreams while also fulfilling his desire to help students and honoring his core values in perpetuity.
A beneficiary of the GI Bill, Krikor received his degree in civil and environmental engineering. He was a career civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, retiring after nearly 30 years of designing critical flood control structures throughout New England.
Though he is more than 90 years old, Krikor's strong Armenian family roots and appetite for history endure — and UMass Amherst is grateful to be the beneficiary of his passions.
Not all those who include UMass Amherst in their estate plans wish to share their identities. Still, their gifts are greatly appreciated and we thank them for their generosity. For instance, a recent bequest to the College of Humanities and Fine Arts will remain anonymous until it is realized. An alumna of the English department and her husband created a bequest that will be used to establish an endowed scholarship fund. The award will be based on merit and need and will be awarded to students entering their sophomore year and will fund them until they graduate.
Bequests used to establish scholarship funds are one of the most popular and significant ways our donors honor our mission and their desire to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the life of a student. Particularly as support for higher education from the Commonwealth continues to decline, sustaining scholarship awards fulfill a growing need.
We gratefully acknowledge these alumni who have chosen to support outstanding students who are trying to finance an increasingly costly college education. The memory of their time at UMass Amherst inspired these donors to help provide our students with the same opportunity they had a generation or two ago.
And they've crafted their wishes in ways that are personally meaningful. We're pleased to honor their extraordinary foresight and grateful to be a part of their legacy.