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WATERVILLE, Maine–Select Colby College students will have a chance to work with one of the nation’s top cancer researchers, thanks to a generous gift endowing the Paul J. Schupf Colby College/Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Internship. The gift from Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf LL.D.’06 establishes the summer experience at the renowned medical center.

“Paul Schupf’s generosity will make it possible for students to apply what they have learned in the Colby classroom and lab to one of the most critical issues of our day—how to conquer cancer,” said Colby President David A. Greene. “Paul has been an incredible supporter of the College and we are grateful for this gift as we develop a suite of endowed experiences for our students in all disciplines.”

“Profound thanks to Colby and Memorial Sloan Kettering who have given me so much,” said Schupf. “This is one of my first donations during David Greene’s time as president and there will be many more.”

Schupf’s philanthropy toward Colby has been multifaceted over many years. This endowed internship opportunity follows Schupf’s donation of the Paul J. Schupf Scientific Computing Center twenty years ago. Schupf also made a lead gift to the Anthony-Mitchell-Schupf residence hall in 1996.

Schupf also has been supportive of the Colby College Museum of Art. His generosity includes the naming gift for the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz, as well as many other works of art, and a promised gift of 150 works on paper by the renowned artist Richard Serra. Schupf also contributed the funds for the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court.

Colby offers research, internship, and global opportunities to enrich students’ academic experiences and provide them with tools to confront the world’s most complex challenges. The first Colby/MSK intern will be selected in 2017.