Donor Places NSU on Philanthropic Itinerary

NSU Fellows Society Donor Jo Ann Cremata

Retired from Eastern Airlines, Jo Ann Cremata knows how to turn connections into meaningful destinations. Her journey with NSU began when a long-time friend brought her to tour NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus in 2011. Cremata then extended her exploration to include an Alvin Sherman Library Circle of Friends author luncheon, a Women in Power luncheon at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and later a tour of the NSU Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.

The combination of preserving natural resources and expanding marine science education proved to be the perfect landing point for Cremata’s philanthropy. Cremata made her first gift a legacy gift to benefit the Oceanographic Center first, and then the Alvin Sherman Library, which also made her a founding member of NSU’s 1964 Society. A new gift establishes the Jo Ann Cremata Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships beginning fall 2016 through a supplemental gift.  The scholarships are open to undergraduate students in the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography who have a cumulative NSU GPA of at least 3.0.
“Jo Ann’s generosity in establishing the Jo Ann Cremata Endowed Scholarship Fund will enable undergraduate students at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography to further their education in the sciences and work toward building the next generation of doctors, oceanographers and researchers,” said Richard E. Dodge, Ph.D., dean of Halmos College.

Traveling full circle, Cremata has also begun arranging tours of NSU’s Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center for her friends.