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Kurzenknabe scholarship promotes the value of learning

Dec 07, 2022 11:16AM ● By Tricia Hoadley

The Cecil College Foundation iannounced the creation of the Jack Kurzenknabe Memorial Scholarship that will support students enrolled at Cecil College. Mr. Kurzenknabe held education in high regard with the belief that one is never too old to learn.

A native of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., Mr. Kurzenknabe was born in 1937. Following high school, he served four years in the United States Air Force, where he learned the value of hard work and dedication to mission. At the conclusion of his service, he followed a path into banking, where he had a distinguished career.

He rose through the ranks of the banking industry to finish his career as the Chief Financial Underwriter for the First Nationwide Bank of San Francisco.

Upon retirement, he and wife Marti returned to New Jersey where he became an accomplished digital artist. Some of his work is available for free on at

Despite lacking a college education, Mr. Kurzenknabe never stopped striving to learn something new. He wished to pass that same passion about learning onto the next generation in the form of a scholarship. The Jack Kurzenknabe Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to helping Cecil College students realize success through academic achievements.

This scholarship was established by Mr. Kurzenknabe’ wife, Marti Kurzenknabe, and longtime friend Larry Singer. 

To apply for this and other Cecil College scholarships, visit If you are interested in supporting a student through a tax-deductible gift, please contact the Cecil College Foundation at [email protected] or visit

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