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Donor Spotlight: Cynthia Hinaman Charters '76 and David A. Charters, Jr.

Donor Spotlight: Cynthia Hinaman Charters '76 and David A. Charters, Jr.

In 2011, Cindy Hinaman Charters ’76 and her husband, Dave, established The Cynthia Hinaman Charters and David A. Charters, Jr. Scholarship.  Cindy explains, “After applying for federal financial aid for our two girls, we realized what a gap there is for middle-class America.  It was really our wake-up call to start endowed scholarships at our respective schools.  Neither Dave nor I could have gone to college without student loans and scholarships.  Our goal was to help other families like ours – not enough money saved for a liberal arts college education, but too much income for student loans.”  The Charters, a busy and growing family with a grandson on the way, decided to endow a scholarship at Muhlenberg because it will help students in perpetuity.

At the same time, Cindy and Dave have included Muhlenberg College in their estate plans by joining the Circle of 1848.  “Adding the College into our estate plans just seemed natural.  We both enjoyed our experience and got so much out of it, so why not pass it on?  We are excited to know that the Charters Scholarship will grow through the added funds eventually generated by our estate.”

Cindy and Dave have made a meaningful commitment now that will extend into the future for talented Muhlenberg students.  It is also an investment in their family.  Certainly, their grandchildren will be positively impacted by future physicians, public servants, bankers, business executives and teachers who have built their skill and their identities while at ’Berg.

For more information on how you can create a similar legacy, go to or contact Muhlenberg College’s Development and Alumni Relations Office by telephone at (484) 664-3225 or by email at