Foundation Receives Award for Service to Students with Disabilities

Posted on April 30, 2011

The United Spinal Association and Temple University’s Disability Resources and Services honored the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation with the 2011 Visionary Award at a dinner reception during the National Disability Leadership and Policy Summit at Temple University. Rev. Aaron Gast, Ph.D., a founding Trustee of the Newcombe Foundation, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation.

Dr. Aaron Gast receives the 2011 Visionary Award on behalf of the Newcombe Foundation from Dr. Theresa Powell, Temple’s Vice President for Student Affairs.

The inscription on the award reads: “2011 Visionary Award presented to The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation For Visionary Leadership, Extraordinary Service and an Outstanding Commitment to Achieve Equal Rights and Full Inclusion of all Americans with Disabilities.”

Left to right: John Bennett MS, Director, Disability Resources and Services; Theresa Powell Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs; Dr. Aaron Gast; Ernestine Gast; Jim Weisman, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, United Spinal Association

The Newcombe Foundation is committed to continuing the legacy of Mrs. Newcombe, a Philadelphia philanthropist who was unable to attend college because of a visual impairment, by providing scholarship funds for students with disabilities who are seeking a degree in higher education. In accepting this award, Dr. Gast, who was Mrs. Newcombe’s pastor and friend, shared memories of Mrs. Newcombe and her interest in young people and education. The scholarship programs of the Foundation were created, said Dr. Gast, “in keeping with her lifelong interests.”

The Foundation values its partnership with institutions that welcome and effectively serve students with disabilities. Since 1981, the Newcombe Foundation has provided over $1.1 million in grants to Temple University through its Scholarships for Students with Disabilities program.