EFAC honors Steve Corman, Joan Gale, and George Trumbull for establishing these named scholarships for the education and support of bright, impoverished youth in Kenya. Together, we are able to bring education and opportunity to more of Kenya’s poorest and most vulnerable youth.
CORMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Corman Scholarship Fund, a legacy gift created by EFAC supporter Steve Corman, will provide funding for the support and education of nearly 100 EFAC scholars from high school to university, dramatically altering their lives and the lives of their families.
From the moment he learned about EFAC, Steve has been a deeply committed supporter. He quickly understood how much of an impact he could have for a relatively low investment and how meaningful that impact could be on the life of a young student. Right away, Steve decided to sponsor five scholars a year - every year - for the next decade. That’s 50 students!
Steve has already become deeply involved in the lives of his scholars whom he describes as his “kids” - writing to them regularly, checking on their grades, dispensing advice and support. Steve even traveled to Kenya last year to meet the first group of his students; something he described as one of the most emotional moments of his life.
“When you think you’ve changed somebody’s life, that is so fulfilling,” he said.
Now, with the creation of the Corman Scholarship Fund, Steve will be able to change even more lives in the years to come!
“Of all the things that I do, what am I the proudest of? It is this organization. It’s EFAC.”
THOMAS S. GALE MEMORIAL FUND
Thomas S. Gale
“His input as an individual was immense and impactful to generations.”
The Thomas S. Gale Memorial Scholarship, established in 2018 by EFAC supporter Joan Gale to honor her late brother, Thomas, provides funding for the education and support of 14 EFAC scholars from high school through college.
Born in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Dr. Gale lived in Nairobi for nearly 45 years, where he devoted a large part of his life to teaching school children. His work in Nairobi’s primary schools earned him wide respect and appreciation. Joan Gale says her brother was particularly committed to ensuring that Kenyan girls, often overlooked, received an education.
Dr. Gale was professor emeritus at US International University-Africa, where he taught political science, international relations and history for 38 years. He is described as a deeply generous man who earned wide respect for his work educating and mentoring children and young adults.
In one of the many tributes to Thomas, a friend wrote:
“Tom used to love conversations with all. He is responsible for many kids getting sustainable education, gave his treasure to causes and charity. His input as an individual was immense and impactful to generations.”
George R. Trumbull Scholarship Fund
George R. Trumbull
“When the bell tolls for me, the highlight will have been helping change the lives of so young people in Kenya”
When George Trumbull retired as CEO of NYMagic, a large insurance holding company, he figured that would be the highlight of his life. Now, he says, “when the bell tolls for me, the highlight will have been helping change the lives of so many young people in Kenya.”
Through the George R. Trumbull Scholarship Fund, four students a year receive full funding for all eight years of their education. The fund currently supports 10 students.
George first learned about EFAC through an announcement for an upcoming graduate school reunion. He made a note to talk to the founder, Rod VanSciver, a fellow alum, at the event. While Trumbull was unable to make the reunion, he did eventually connect with Rod and Nancy and after researching EFAC decided to become a signifiant contributor. Shortly thereafter Rod and Nancy persuaded him to come Kenya with EFAC.
He credits that trip with changing his life, coming as it did just a few months after his wife had died. Seeing the schools and meeting the students was crucial to understanding how little it took to change a life. The trip also prepared him in a more profound way to move ahead with the rest of his life. “It incentivized me to move forward,” he says.
George now serves on EFAC’s Board of Directors and is Chair of the Governance Committee. In addition to the scholarship fund, he also sponsors two students whom he sees on regular trips to Kenya and writes to during the rest of the year.
“When I’m in Kenya I can see how we’re changing the lives of our scholars and their families,” he says. “It may be beyond our life time but they will change Kenya. It’s a rare opportunity.”