Anonymous gift establishes Distinguished Business Scholar program at Emporia State
During the past few months, several announcements of major gifts to Emporia State University’s comprehensive fund-raising campaign have been met with celebrations introducing those making the gifts and expressing gratitude for their generosity.
While another substantial gift to Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University was celebrated Thursday, Nov. 21, its giver has chosen to remain unidentified.
“We are celebrating an anonymous $200,000 campaign gift which, when coupled with nearly $200,000 this donor has given previously, will establish a Distinguished Business Scholar program at Emporia State,” said Jennifer Denton, Emporia State Foundation vice president for stewardship and administration.
“This same individual is also making a generous planned gift to bring the endowed scholarship fund to $1 million. This elegant giving strategy enables the new program to begin today and to grow in the future,” Denton added.
Emporia State representatives gathered at Silent Joe, the bell tower southeast of Welch Stadium, to ring the bell Thursday afternoon. As an audible icon of the Now & Forever campaign, the bell sounds when significant gifts and other successes are celebrated.
“This scholarship will have a profound impact on our students and our educational profile in the School of Business at Emporia State,” said Kristie Ogilvie, dean. “We thank the donor, who recognizes academic excellence that must be rewarded and celebrated in today’s competitive environment. Truly, this scholarship opportunity will change the lives of our students.”
“This anonymous gift precisely reflects the spirit of the Now & Forever campaign,” said DenaSue Potestio, Foundation President/CEO. “Right now, the cash gifts establish a prestigious scholarship program to recognize outstanding business majors entering their senior year. The planned gift signifies the ‘forever’ component of our transformational campaign.”
“This donor is now a member of our Kellogg Society, joining 190 other living alumni and friends who have notified us of their intention to make a planned gift,” said Denton.
“Even though the giver has chosen to remain anonymous, this gift is perfect evidence of the momentum we’re building as part of the Now & Forever campaign,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president.
Emporia State’s School of Business has recently benefitted from a $100,000 gift supporting strategic marketing initiatives.
Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University is a five- to seven-year effort with a working goal of $45 million. To date, the campaign has recorded gifts and pledges of $19.8 million to support student scholarships, academic departments and initiatives that advance Emporia State’s mission to recruit students, teach and retain them, encourage them to graduate with lower levels of student debt, and ultimately put them on a path to a solid career.
For more information about opportunities to give to the Now & Forever campaign, contact DenaSue Potestio at 620-341-5440.
Telling our stories
Music from the silver screen formed the program for the Emporia Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the fall season. “We’ve been wanting to do a Pops Concert for a long time,” said Dr. Jeremy Starr, assistant professor of music at Emporia State University. Starr is in his fifth year as conductor of the Emporia Symphony Orchestra. The Emporia State Student Foundation helped promote the concert, which played to a packed house at the Granada Theatre.
A gift of a quarter-million dollars is making the decision to come to Emporia State University an easy one for 20 music students. They are the first recipients of the Fulhage Music Scholarships, made possible by a gift from the estate of an alumna, Mildred Fulhage.
National Merit Finalist. A desire to give back to an inner city community. Inspired by teachers who served as mentors.
These are just some ways to describe eight Emporia State University students who have two very important things in common — they are pursuing education degrees from The Teachers College at Emporia State and, thanks to the generosity of best-selling author James Patterson, they each will receive $6,000 toward their freshman year.
Maybe you've heard Silent Joe ring after a Hornet football win. But have you ever seen the bell making all the noise? Three Now & Forever Campus Campaign Champions climbed a ladder 20 feet up a tower to not only see the bell, but also to ring it in celebration of another campaign milestone.
Students rang the Silent Joe tower bell Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to celebrate the lead gift to Hornet Athletics made by Bobbi and Steve Sauder of Emporia. A new tradition at Emporia State, Silent Joe rings each time a milestone event occurs in the life of Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University.We sincerely appreciate the people who've chosen to help change the lives of Emporia State students!
Drs. Ron and Pat Fredrickson are some of those people who have a story to tell about their Emporia State connection.
Scroll through more of those stories on the Foundation's video page.
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