Rotary Club Lends to 16 College Boys

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Camden Courier-Post – January 25, 1928

Eight Camden Youths, Now Graduates, Are Repaying Loans

Eight Camden boys last September were able to continue their studies in college and universities because, back in 1923, a Camden service club established a loan fund to aid worthy students.

Eight Camden boys, graduates of college, now are repaying various amounts of money advanced them from the College Loan Fund of the Camden Rotary Club. Five years ago, the club raised by subscription among its members a fund of $2,500. This has been augmented each year by appropriations from the club funds, and now the college loan fund amounts to nearly $5,000.

College and university students, both boys and girls, from Camden County, are eligible to borrow.

The fund is administered by a board of trustees, including Dr. George M. Beringer, chairman; Arthur E. Armitage, Treasurer; Charles H. Wagner, George Vollner, and Edward A. Mechling.

No Interest is charged until one year after graduation. It is the hope of the Rotary Club that loans will be repaid "first obligation" during the "first year out."

Of the sixteen students helped by the fund, four have gone to Syracuse University, two each to Gettysburg, Lehigh and Springfield and one each to George Washington University, University of Delaware, Rutgers, Swarthmore, Cornell and the Silver Bay School.

To add to this fund the Rotary Club will produce during the centennial celebration in Camden next month one of the most elaborate semi-professional shows ever staged in this region. This "Rotary Revue" will be staged at the New Walt Whitman Theatre, Forty-eighth Street and Westfield Avenue, February 27 and 28.

William M. Ogden, product of the dramatic school of Syracuse University and a protege of Miss Lucy Dean Wilson, is in charge of the production. It will feature, among other acts, the Newton Coal Serenaders, who are well known from their frequent weekly radio broadcasts of the Newton Coal Radio Forum. Through the generosity of Charles A. Johnson, president of the George B. Newton Coal Company, Clarence Fuhrman, Camden musician, will be guest-conductor at both performances.


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