September 13, 2017
Contact: Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Bradford, PA -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has received a gift of more than $200,000 from the estate of Naomi Carlson. The University used the bulk of the gift for the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center, a project in which Carlson was particularly interested. The University placed the remaining $44,000 of the gift in Carlson's scholarship fund, The All Inclusive Scholarship. Carlson, a native of Bradford, Pennsylvania, earned her associate of science degree in liberal studies from Pitt-Bradford in 2006 at the age of 75.
To commemorate Carlson's gift, the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center has named the lobby's grand staircase in her honor.
“Naomi was such a huge fan of Marilyn Horne,” said Jill M. Dunn, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. “She was proud of the fact that Marilyn was a renowned superstar from Bradford. It's only fitting that Naomi has a naming in this museum.”
Carlson worked for the Bell Atlantic Company from 1950 until 1988. In 1975, she began work on a college degree, which she thought would help her move up the corporate ladder at Bell. After earning 12 credits through the College Level Examination Program, which awards students credits by testing their knowledge, she began taking one class per semester at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford while working full time.
In 1983, Bell Atlantic transferred Carlson to the city of Warren. Although making her home there, she continued to commute to Bradford to attend class. Contending with driving late at night, often in bad weather, she eventually had to give her to give up her studies after only three semesters. Five years later, she returned to Bradford to care for her elderly parents.
The semester after her mother died, she re-enrolled at Pitt-Bradford and graduated in 2006. That same year, she established a scholarship for promising and deserving students who demonstrated financial need while making satisfactory progress toward a college degree. Between 2007 and 2017, her scholarship fund helped 12 students achieve their goals.
“Naomi's thoughtful support of scholarships ensures that many more deserving students will have the opportunity to attend Pitt-Bradford,” Dunn said. “Over the years, she saw the impact that her scholarship was making on the lives of our students and their families, and wanted to do more. That was when she let us know about her plans to include the university into her estate plans. We will be forever grateful to her for her love of Pitt-Bradford.”
For more information on planning an estate gift, contact Jill Dunn, at 814-362-5091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.