With “a modest gift,” as Dean calls his donation, the university established an endowment in his name – the Rojek Student Exchange Program Award. The award first supported a student-exchange program between UGA and the University of Leicester, a picturesque school in the English Midlands. (The Rojek Award now funds exchange to other countries.)
“The administrators at UGA handled everything in setting up the endowment,” Dean says. “It was as simple as walking in the office, shaking hands, and telling them what I wanted to do.”
That’s not the end of his giving.
Dean revised his will, leaving part of his estate to the student-exchange program after he leaves this world he has so energetically explored. He joins UGA’s Heritage Society, an exclusive group of alumni and friends who leave deferred gifts to the university.
Rojek’s current and future contributions help students pay air fare between the U.S. and England and other exchange-program countries. Think of the gifts as a glide path for cultural enrichment the way Dean learned it – experientially.
Dean finds his deferred gift and endowment gratifying, though in different ways.
“I find it extremely satisfying to interact with current students who benefit from UGA’s study-abroad program,” he says, “but I want to ensure future generations of UGA students will get to experience the same benefits.”