Paying It Forward
Patricia “Pat” Peyton Martell ’84 knew that Emerson College was her dream school the moment she set foot on campus.
But like so many students, Pat’s financial situation stood in the way of her ability to afford the costs associated with a college education. The dream was seemingly beyond her reach.
“Fortunately, through the generosity of a donor, I was able to receive a scholarship,” she recalls. “That made it possible for me to attend Emerson, which set the course of my professional and personal life.”
As Pat has followed that path to today, where she maintains a successful career in leadership/sales training and consulting, she has stayed connected to the College, eventually serving as the chairperson of Emerson’s Alumni Association Board.
She also has never forgotten how the generosity of another donor afforded her access to all that an Emerson education has to offer. Hoping to pay that forward to other deserving students, Pat and her husband, John Martell, established their own scholarship fund at the College.
Recently, Pat has taken another important step in showing her commitment to her school: she has designated the College as a beneficiary of her life insurance policy. This planned gift vehicle not only makes practical sense for Pat’s financial situation (please see reverse side to learn how), but it will also endow the couple’s scholarship fund in perpetuity.
“Knowing that my husband and I will be helping generations of students with needs like those I once had realize their dreams — for me, that’s a humbling, worthy, and exciting prospect.”
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