From Scholarship to Legacy

Former NSU student-athlete establishes scholarship and bequest as a 1964 Society Founding MemberJennifer Ramos grew up in an athletic family.  As the eighth child in a family of nine, she became involved in sports at a young age and knew athletics would always be an important part of her life.

Jennifer was recruited to Nova Southeastern University (NSU) with a full paid athletic scholarship in 1993 and received her B.S. in Psychology in 1995. She was on the volleyball team for her junior and senior years.  

While working towards her master’s degree, Jennifer began a work study program in NSU’s financial aid department. After earning her M.S. in Elementary in Education, Jennifer was named the assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team as well as head coach for NSU University School.  She then worked in the NSU Admissions and Advancements departments before Dr. George Hanbury, NSU President and CEO, asked her to join his executive team. Now the Director, Presidential and Trustee Relations and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees, 2017 will mark Jennifer’s 22nd year as an NSU.

“I wouldn’t be who I am if it wasn’t for NSU,” said Jennifer. “I grew up here and found my purpose. This is my second family.”

Spending nearly half her life at NSU inspired Jennifer to become a member of NSU's 1964 Society. Named for the university’s founding year, the 1964 Society connects legacy gift donors and their families with the university to establish a meaningful and lasting relationship.  Jennifer’s gift will help NSU student-athletes pursue their undergraduate degrees.

“I want others to have the same opportunity I did. Getting an education while playing a sport gives you critical life management skills.  Every young person should be given a chance to have that experience,” says Jennifer.

The opportunity to become a founding member of NSU’s 1964 Society ends December 31, 2016, but there is no expiration date for leaving a legacy for the university. For more information, contact Andrea Darlow, director of development for legacy gifts, at (954) 262-2135 or

Photo: Jennifer and her mom, a fan of Jennifer's commitment to pay it forward.