Bill Rothman has understood the value of land since growing up on a 155-acre farm in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. After receiving a business degree from Penn State University in 1963, he earned his real estate license and launched a career that has spanned more than 50 years and three generations of Rothmans. Bill is founder and treasurer of RSR Realtors, central Pennsylvania’s largest locally owned and managed real estate firm.
Bill and his wife Sue, a 1964 graduate of Penn State, also appreciate the value of education. “Education is so important because it is a pathway to better opportunities in life,” said Sue. This belief led the Rothmans to establish the William F. and Susannah M. Rothman Scholarship in 2008 for students in the John L. Grove College of Business and to continue to give significantly to the scholarship.
The Rothman’s first introduction to Shippensburg was when Bill was asked to serve on the John L. Grove College of Business Advisory Board. Bill was impressed with Shippensburg from the beginning. “I was struck by the enthusiasm of everyone I met –administration, faculty and students.”
“We hate to hear of students leaving college with large debt,” Sue said. “We hope that this scholarship can help support students in the Harrisburg area to realize their dreams.” The Rothmans designated their scholarship for students in the three Dauphin County school districts including Harrisburg City, Steelton-Highspire and Bill’s alma mater, Central Dauphin.