Two families long associated with major support for Rutgers have renewed their commitments to service and research at the Bloustein School. The niece and nephew of Ralph Voorhees and donors Michael J. and Susan Angelides are funding new endowment programs at the Bloustein School to advance public service and public policy research, respectively, for the State of New Jersey.
Scott Voorhees and Susan Voorhees Hunt are endowing the creation of the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Public Service to honor their uncle. Ralph Voorhees is the former chair of the Rutgers University Foundation and a member of the Rutgers University Board of Overseers. He endowed the creation of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School in honor of his brother.
The new center will fund undergraduate fellowships for financially needy students to conduct internships in areas such as community development and planning, housing, transportation, public health and public policy. The Voorhees Internships in Public Service would be open to applicants from any major. The center is being created through a $500,000 endowment gift.
The Bloustein School over the past two academic years has implemented public policy research activities for which the Angelides Fund was established, including seven awards to research proposals valued between $2,500 and $10,000. In addition, the school has been able to respond to State research requests, such as analyzing the economic impact of military bases in New Jersey, providing staff support for the Blue Ribbon Transportation Commission and evaluation of the Business Employment Incentive Program. Formal establishment of the Angelides Fund will help remove financial constraints that the program has experienced. The new fund is designed to encourage more public policy research for the State of New Jersey.