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Alumni Marcia Schulmerich and John Salmon give a scholarship gift of a lifetime
Alumni Marcia Schulmerich and John Salmon give a scholarship gift of a lifetime

John Salmon (’67 MA ’72) and Marcia Schulmerich (class of ’69), are leading examples of alumni who are committed to scholarships. They graduated from PSU with biology degrees and built accomplished careers in health care administration. Along the way, this husband and wife team began giving back to PSU by providing scholarships for biology students.

In 2011, they made a gift of stock to PSU to create the Salmon and Schulmerich Endowed Scholarship for biology undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students preparing for health care careers.In 2013, John and Marcia declared their intention to leave a significant portion of their estate to their endowed scholarship. When the bequest is fulfilled, it will provide full- tuition scholarships for nearly a dozen students each year.

“Portland State gave us the education and opportunities we needed to be successful,” said John. “It only seems right to pass along those opportunities to the next generation.”

Student plans veterinary career 

Morgan Damm, of Oregon City, is a 2013 recipient of the Salmon and Schulmerich Endowed Scholarship. After completing her studies, she would like to open her own veterinary practice and horse rescue operation. With a stethoscope often draped around her neck, Morgan works as a technician at a small animal veterinary clinic, volunteers with a donkey rescue operation and shadows her horse’s veterinarian. 

“Medicine is fascinating,” said Morgan. “Animals have been my passion since I was a child and there is nothing I would rather do than work with them. This scholarship gets me that much closer to my dream.”

(Image) PSU student Morgan Damm (right) performs animal surgery at a local veterinary clinic, gaining the skills and experience she needs to realize her dream of  becoming a veterinarian.


This profile appeared in the 2012-13 Impact of Giving annual report.