PLYMOUTH, N.H. — More than half a century ago, Eugene Savage and Joan Doyon met while attending Plymouth Teachers College. Now, to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary, the family and friends of Eugene ‘58 and Joan ‘56 Savage have established an endowed scholarship fund at Plymouth State University in their honor.
“We could think of no better way to honor our parents on this momentous occasion than to establish a scholarship that celebrates their passion for education, their love of New Hampshire, and their ongoing commitment to their alma mater,” said Dr. Kathleen Savage Mills, one of the Savage’s three daughters.
The Eugene and Joan Savage Education Award will be presented annually to a Plymouth State University student from New Hampshire who aspires to pursue a career in education. The recipient will be chosen by a selection committee and will be awarded on the basis of financial need, academic accomplishment and promise for future success.
“Today’s rising costs of higher education are putting considerable financial burdens on students and their families,” said Deborah Savage Rearick. “The Eugene and Joan Savage Education Award will significantly reduce this burden for countless numbers of New Hampshire’s finest young people.”
Mr. Savage’s career in education spans 35 years in secondary and post-secondary education. Most recently, he has served as senior government relations advisor for Rath, Young and Pignatelli, PA in Concord, N.H.
In 1967, Savage began working for the University System of New Hampshire. First as Dean of Admissions at the University of New Hampshire, followed by 13 years as vice president for university relations, vice chancellor and, finally, as consultant to the chancellor.
Savage has received numerous awards including this year’s Plymouth State University Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award, the New Hampshire Distinguished Citizen Award from the Daniel Webster Council of Boy Scouts, the Distinguished Service Award from the PSU Alumni Association, the Thomas More Award from St. Thomas More Church, the Distinguished Service Award from the New England Association of College Admissions Counselors, and the Profile of Service Award from the UNH Alumni Association. He was selected for Outstanding Young Men of America in 1970.
At this year’s undergraduate commencement at PSU, USNH Chancellor Stephen Reno presented the Chancellor’s Medallion to Savage, citing his tireless efforts on behalf of higher education in general and the university system in particular.
Savage has served his community in various capacities over the years in organizations such as Odyssey House, Inc., Eastern States Exposition, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, and the American National Red Cross.
He has served his alma mater as a member of the alumni association board of directors and on the University’s President’s Council. He was also chair of the PSU Presidential Search Committee. In 1999, he was elected by the PSU Alumni Association to serve as the Plymouth State member of the USNH Board of Trustees.
Savage, who holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University in addition to his undergraduate degree from Plymouth State, also has received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Franklin Pierce College.
Joan Savage began her teaching career at Pittsfield (N.H.) High School, and after doing graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, she continued her teaching at Oyster River Middle School in Durham.
She received the PSU Alumni Association Service Award in 1988, and was the recipient of the Thomas More Award from St. Thomas More Church. In 1998, she was again honored by her alma mater, and was given the PSU Alumni Association Achievement Award. She has served on the PSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Girl Scout Council, and was Durham President for American Association of University Women (AAUW).
An accomplished artist, Mrs. Savage is a member of the Durham Art Association as well as the Pine Island Art Association and Heron’s Glen Art Association in Ft. Myers, Fla.
“We know our parents will consider it a great honor to have their names associated with an award that will make a difference in the lives of Plymouth State University students,” said Suzanne Savage Yeatts.
Sara Jayne Steen, President of Plymouth State University, noted that Gene and Joan Savage are the first couple to have individually received both the PSU Alumni Service and Alumni Achievement Awards. “We are grateful that the Savage family and friends chose to honor Gene and Joan with an endowed scholarship. It is a wonderful recognition of their significant and on-going contributions.”
Contributions to the Eugene and Joan Savage Education Award can be mailed to Angela Matthews, Director of Development, 17 High Street, MSC 50, Plymouth, N.H., 03264.
For more information on this release, contact Christopher M. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 535-2276.