The Dr. Eugene Marsh Memorial Fund

There are many characteristics that have been used to describe the late Eugene Marsh. Determined, driven, ambitious, motivated, energetic and resolved are all accurate. So are compassionate, kind, brave and patriotic. To memorialize this amazing man and his determined journey to receive an education, we are hoping to raise $100,000 in order to name the Veterans and Military Affairs Office at Rider in his honor by this upcoming Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2021.

Many of Dr. Marsh's friends have expressed their commitment to this important effort. If we work together and spread the word to those who respected Eugene’s commitment to education and to veterans, we are confident we can attain this goal and the Dr. Eugene Marsh Center for Veterans and Military Affairs will become the first space at Rider University to be named for a Black alumnus.

As you can see, we are more than 50% towards reaching our goal thanks to the support of many of his friends and family. We hope you agree that Eugene is a most worthy recipient of this distinction and join us in making this initiative a success.

With sincere gratitude,

The Eugene Marsh Memorial Fund Campaign Committee

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What does the proposed Dr. Eugene Marsh Center for Veterans and Military Affairs do?

The proposed Dr. Eugene Marsh Center for Veterans and Military Affairs encompasses both the Rider University Veterans Association Lounge as well as the coordinator’s Office. Both spaces are currently in the Canastra Health and Sports Center and accessible to Rider students who are veterans, military, military spouses and the children of military personnel and veterans. The dedicated space provides resources and respite for all military-connected students. The coordinator, as well as student volunteers, assist military-connected students with all things unique to their circumstances such as applying for educational benefits for veterans, military and dependents; navigating the complexities of the various VA programs; and guiding them through their Rider journey. Events and activities are also hosted to promote a healthy, vibrant and integrated military community. As a veteran himself, Eugene Marsh spent a significant amount of time in Rider’s current Veterans Association Lounge and was particularly focused on mentoring and counseling veterans.

How will the fund be used?

We are seeking $100,000 to renovate and rename Rider’s Veterans and Military Affairs Office. The Dr. Eugene Marsh Center for Veterans and Military Affairs will be relocated to a new space in the Bart Luedeke Center.

What If We Raise More than $100,000?

Additional funds will be put toward a Dr. Eugene Marsh Scholarship Award to be given to veterans and individuals affiliated with military affairs with financial need. If more than $25,000 is raised above the $100,000 goal, this Scholarship will be endowed.

What If We Don’t Raise $100,000?

Should the fundraising effort being made (July 2021-November 2021) to raise $100,000 not be achieved, all contributions will be allocated instead toward The Dr. Eugene Marsh (Endowed) Scholarship Award in lieu of the Dr. Eugene Marsh Center for Veterans and Military Affairs. This Scholarship will be provided to veteran and military-connected students at Rider with financial need.

More about Dr. Eugene Marsh '13, '18, '21

Despite finding professional success, Eugene Marsh never gave up on his dream of attaining an education as a mature adult. It was this journey that led Eugene to Rider University where he became a much-loved part of the campus community.

Eugene earned an associate’s degree in 2010 at Mercer County Community College before transferring to Rider, where his dreams and ambition continued to grow with every accomplishment. He earned a bachelor’s in liberal studies and very quickly won the hearts and respect of the entire Rider community, particularly after a moving speech he delivered at Rider’s 2014 Commencement ceremony. His speech, which recalled his journey to becoming the first college graduate in his family, moved many in the audience to tears.

Subsequently, he attained his master’s in clinical mental health counseling. At the time of his death, due to complications of COVID-19 in January 2021, Eugene was 71 years old and enrolled in Rider’s Doctor of Educational Leadership program. His dissertation was focused on researching how student-veterans could be better supported in making informed decisions about their major of study and career goals at the outset of their education.

Eugene’s doctorate degree was awarded posthumously at the May 2021 Ed.D. ceremony.