SoCal Orange gives $100,000 to SU

Olive Hall

Olive Hall ’43, G’48, Ph.D. was born in Syracuse, earned three degrees from Syracuse University, and carried her love for Syracuse University with her throughout her life.

When Hall moved to Los Angeles, she became involved in the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Southern California  (SoCal Orange), frequently attending club events like the annual distinguished alumni luncheon.

Before Hall passed away on Jan. 27, 2014, she made it known that she wanted to give back to her alma mater—in the form of $100,000 that she left to the SoCal Orange club. 

Recognizing the importance of philanthropy, the alumni club recently decided to give Hall’s gift to Syracuse University in the form of an endowed scholarship that would honor Hall’s life and legacy.

The scholarship, the largest ever established by an SU alumni club, will help two current Syracuse University students from Southern California who are entering their junior year continue to pursue their academic dreams at SU.

“When I met Olive, she was just the warmest and most supportive alumna. She would attend club events, and she was always wanting to help out as best she could,” said Brian Malec ’78, Ph.D., the club’s treasurer and a board member.

“She specifically wanted to give the funds to the local alumni club. The idea was to have a scholarship for someone who is already on their career path, someone who has demonstrated academic success and a commitment to Syracuse University,” Malec continued. “This scholarship helps recognize their achievements and will help them as they continue with their education. Those were her wishes.”

Malec said the club hopes to work with SU’s Office of Financial Aid to start awarding the two scholarships later this summer during the club’s annual new student send-off event.

Hall earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Human Development (now the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics), a master’s degree from the School of Education, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the School of Education. Among her work experiences, Hall was a professor at UCLA and a guidance counselor at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif.