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Angela Borton: "I Wouldn't Be Here Without This Scholarship …"

Angela Borton

Angela Borton '08 and Maxwell Naas '27

Maxwell Naas, a member of the Class of 1927, left Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, married, was a devoted husband and father of two daughters, built a successful career in the food industry, married again after his first wife passed away, and by all accounts had a good life until he died at age 98 in 2004.

Angela Borton plans to graduate from Rensselaer with the Class of 2008. Her major is biochemistry and biophysics, and it’s likely she will pursue a graduate degree for a possible career in research. At this stage in her young life, “likely” and “possible” are two of the words that best define Borton’s future.

Though they are separated by several generations and never met, a legacy of generosity established by Naas will help Borton turn “likely” and “possible” into a 21st century version of the good life that Naas himself lived.

Borton attends Rensselaer with the help of the Cornelia and Maxwell Naas ’27 Scholarship. Cornelia was the first Mrs. Naas.

“I really do appreciate the scholarship. RPI is a great school, and I wouldn’t be here without this scholarship and others,” said Borton, who hails from Ft. Wayne, Ind.—just 40 miles from where Naas lived much of his life.

Helping Rensselaer students was important to Naas, who established another scholarship in the name of his second wife, Lois. He also made regular gifts to Rensselaer for at least 50 years.

“Maxwell Naas liked to say that he gave to Rensselaer because ‘it gave to him,’” says Art Tracy, director of planned giving. “Now, the Institute is able to give to other students because of his generosity.”

Borton’s Naas scholarship will be renewed annually as long as she is in good standing academically—and Borton enjoys academics. “All of the science programs are very, very good here,” she says. “But you have to really try. The classes are hard, and I like that…I like the challenge.”

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