Harry and Margie Hurley Create Kesselman Legacy Scholarship


Margie and Harry Hurley, second and third from left, present a $2,500 check to establish the Dr. Harvey Kesselman Legacy Fund Scholarship. At left is Dan Nugent, the vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the University Foundation. At right is Stockton President Dr. Harvey Kesselman and First Lady Lynne Kesselman.

Galloway, N.J. — As a prominent local radio host for more than 30 years, Harry Hurley knows the impact that Stockton University and President Harvey Kesselman have had on Atlantic City and South Jersey.

With Kesselman retiring as president in June 2023, Hurley wanted to create something “that would be a legacy to Dr. Kesselman for his entire body of work from student to president.”

Hurley and his wife, Margie, donated $2,500 Wednesday through the Hurley in the Morning Charity Foundation to create the Dr. Harvey Kesselman Legacy Scholarship at Stockton, which will be awarded to students starting next academic year.

Hurley hopes the donation will also encourage others to give in honor of Kesselman. Go to stockton.edu/kesselmanfund to contribute.

harry hurley and dr. harvey kesselman“First and foremost, it’s going to help students who wouldn’t be able to go to college otherwise. That’s always first, top of mind,” said the host of the Hurley in the Morning radio show on WPG Talk Radio 1450 AM. “But right with it is to properly honor Dr. Kesselman so that going forward there’s a legacy scholarship bearing his name that in perpetuity will continue.”

Dan Nugent, Stockton’s vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the University Foundation, mentioned several of Stockton’s accomplishments under Kesselman’s leadership, which will be included in the information student recipients receive about the scholarship, including:

  • Unprecedented growth in Galloway Township and Atlantic City
  • The school’s rising in national rank and prominence
  • The Atlantic City campus’ designation as an anchor institution
  • Substantially increasing state funding and institutional giving

Nugent also noted that the Hurley in the Morning Charity Foundation has been a consistent and substantial donor to Stockton over the years.

“Harry has donated more than $25,000 to the Stockton Foundation, not including today’s gift,” Nugent said. “On behalf of Stockton’s students, we want to thank you for your consistent support. It really makes a difference.”

Kesselman said he was honored the Hurleys created the scholarship in his name and commended Harry Hurley for being a “critically important” voice in the community.

“A lot of people don’t know this side of Harry and who he really is,” Kesselman said. “He’s been an incredible champion of Stockton University.”

— Story and photos by Mark Melhorn

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