Edwin and Ruth Decker
Edwin and Ruth Decker ’74 Scholarship
“When it came time to leave Long Island, we wanted to leave something behind; something that would make a difference, something permanent, and something that would reflect Ruth’s affection for and gratitude to Empire State College. The scholarship fund did all of that and we have been deeply touched by the way it has made a difference in the lives of past recipients.”
- Edwin and Ruth Decker
The Edwin and Ruth Decker Scholarship was established through the generosity of alumna Ruth Decker and her husband Edwin. It was created in support of female students studying through SUNY Empire State College’s Long Island Center.
Ruth earned her bachelor’s degree in history with Empire State College’s Long Island Center in 1974. She then worked for the college as a counselor, advising prospective students and guiding them through the enrollment process. Since then, she has been an active and loyal alumna, earning awards such as the Alumni Student Association’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award. This honor was bestowed upon Ruth in recognition of her dedication, enthusiasm and support of alumni and student programs.
In addition to her commitment to Empire State College, Ruth is engaged in her local community and is often leading projects that assist others. She and her husband, Ed, have been active in Habitat for Humanity and breast cancer research funding, among other things.