Alumnus’s undergraduate scholarship gift serves as Mother’s Day honor
A bequest arrangement
made by Maxwell School alumnus Jonathan
R. Hancock ’95 MA (Geog) will honor his mother while providing scholarship
assistance to undergraduates in select Maxwell disciplines, who demonstrate an
interest in bettering the Syracuse and Central New York region. The bequest
commitment, originally formalized on Mother’s Day 2019, is being announced to
highlight this year’s occasion of that holiday.
The Ruth Pass Hancock
Scholarship, when fully funded, will benefit undergraduates majoring in
geography, political science, policy studies, or citizenship and civic
engagement at the Maxwell School. Preference will be given to students hailing
from the Syracuse metropolitan area, with second preference given to students
from other parts of Central New York.
It honors Hancock’s
mother, Ruth Pass Hancock, a
97-year-old resident of Cazenovia, New York, and member of the well-known Pass
family, which is associated with the long-prominent area business Syracuse
China. (The company was founded by Ruth Pass Hancock’s grandfather.) Ruth Pass
Hancock is a life-long resident of the Syracuse area who, with her late husband,
Court of Appeals Judge Stewart F. Hancock Jr., raised six children while
remaining active in numerous volunteer groups and community organizations.
The donor, Jon Hancock,
who also holds a 1998 MS in applied statistics from Syracuse University, is a
senior software engineer with Esri, a global leader in GIS technologies
providing mapping and spatial analytics software, based in Redlands, California.
Mr. Hancock earned, as well, a BA in art, computer science, and mathematics
from Williams College, in 1983.
Through the University’s
Invest Syracuse scholarship initiative, Hancock’s bequest commitment is being
celebrated, for five years, with a current undergraduate scholarship, with
preference given to undergraduates in Maxwell-based programs. Syracuse University’s first Ruth Pass Hancock Invest Syracuse Scholar, named earlier this academic year, is Taylor Doll, a sophomore from Middlesex, New Jersey, who is majoring in policy studies at the Maxwell School.