John '64 and Judy Scully Use IRA to Help Fund "a Better World"

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As a retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserves, John E. Scully, Jr. '64 understands, and lives, service and giving back. It's why he serves as a member of the advisory board for the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and why he and wife Judy established a fellowship for students pursuing a PhD in peace studies.

"The young adults at the Kroc want to give back to their countries and to their people," John said. "They're not in it for money. It's selfless community service."

"During our involvement with the Kroc we've seen strong academics and a passionate commitment to peace and justice," Judy added. "It's awesome to be a part of that."

John's family connections to Notre Dame trace back to the era of Knute Rockne and extend through the current generation. His mother's first cousin, Charles Collins '24, was one of the "Seven Mules" who blocked for the famed "Four Horsemen" on the 1924 championship football team. Their son, John E. Scully III, graduated from Notre Dame in 1996, and their son-in-law, Jack Tucek, graduated in 1992. Other family connections to Notre Dame include Judy's uncle, James Kramer '56, and her brother, Ted Purvin '67.

To honor their family history and give back, the Scullys have made the Scully Family Fellowship at Notre Dame the beneficiary of his IRA in their estate plans. "When you fund a scholarship or fellowship, the money will live beyond you," John said. "We also want to motivate our children and grandchildren to consider supporting the Fellowship." John simply completed a beneficiary designation form to make this IRA gift.

"Helping the next generation attend college is on us," Judy said. "We're playing a small part in helping students who are going to make this a better world."