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Robert Purcell

Janet Faye (Russell) Purcell was born in 1959 with Cerebral Palsy. She was the poster child for the March of Dimes in Southern Maryland when she was 10 years old. Janet’s parents were her rock. They devoted their lives to her. Janet was influenced by her grandfather to invest in the stock market at in early age. She invested wisely and was able to increase her stock shares and dividends. Unfortunately, she died in July 2016 and was unable to reap the benefits. Janet requested that her stock shares go to charity after her death. She was a wife, partner, best friend and companion to her husband Robert. She was an inspiration to all her peers and associates. Janet’s smile was infectious to all that knew her in this life. She was deeply loved, admired and cherished.


Established by Janet’s husband Robert, this scholarship provides aid to students receiving assistance from Disability Support Services at CSM. Janet is an alumnus of the College of Southern Maryland. She received an Academic Excellence Honor Convocation Award in May 1997. Janet always wanted to share her gift legacy with disabled persons in Southern Maryland to help them achieve their dreams.