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Joseph Rich is pictured with his sister, Anne Kirby, at the 2013 Kent State University Founders GalaHonoring his hero: Joseph Rich endows scholarship in his father's name

When your father is your hero, you want to honor him in any way you can. Joseph Rich found the perfect way to honor his. When deciding on a 2013 Christmas present for his father, Joseph, who is the Northern Ohio Sales Manager for Rockwell Automation, made the decision to establish The Gary Rich Endowed Scholarship for Applied Engineering.


Charlie Thomas, Owner of Ray's Place, Pays It Forward

Charlie Thomas' ('74 Marketing) mother graduated from high school and his dad finished eighth grade, so when Charlie was the second in his family to graduate from college (his older brother was the first), it was a personal accomplishment for him.He was awarded a  $300 scholarship from an organization in his home town and still remembers how excited he was to receive that money to further his education. Read on to discover how he is paying it forward.


Her Dream Lives On

According to her husband, Scott, Kimberly Todd-White was a classic over-achiever. President of the National Honor Society in high school, and an alumna of Kent State where she received her B.A. and Master's degrees in English. She stayed at Kent, and followed her passion for teaching for 20 years, guiding students through Honors English and Pan-African Studies, making herself available to them day and night. When she tragically lost her life in an automobile accident in July, 2010, her family, friends and fellow faculty members agreed that the best way to honor her memory would be through a named scholarship.