Local Scholarships Continue Kent State Geauga’s Legacy

Geauga County - On Thursday, September 27th Kent State Geauga and Regional Academic Center continued its tradition of awarding scholarships to students. Students and their families gathered at Wicked Woods in Newbury for dinner and presentation of the scholarships. There were 27 scholarships awarded to 51 students valued at over $35,000.

Students apply for the scholarships each Spring. Their applications and grades are reviewed by a committee and then the qualified recipients are chosen. Approximately half of the scholarships are named for the donors or in memory of a loved one. The Spitz Memorial fund was started by Eleanor “Ellie” Spitz in memory of her late husband and father-in-law, for their love of higher education. The Gerry and Sally Hornick endowed Scholarship for Middle Childhood Education was started by the Hornick’s back in 2010, to ensure students would have the resources to finish their education without so many financial barriers.

The Geauga County Township Association or GCTA began a scholarship for students living in Geauga County. The GCTA, led by then-president, Jim Dvorak, worked hard to raise $25,000 in just three years so that it was endowed and could be awarded sooner. Junior, Hannah Dussing, a Psychology major was one of the GCTA Scholarship recipients and this year’s student speaker.

In her speech, Hannah said, “I was told by a number of peers ‘you should do something that guarantees a job,’ or ‘You should do something that guarantees a good salary.’” But after taking a Kent Core class in Psychology,  and changing her major twice, she did it one more time; this time to Psychology. She has found her passion for helping others and a degree she can pursue to do just that. While taking courses, she is working at Ravenwood Health to learn even more and gain real-world experiences.

“It was so nice to see so many of our donors here tonight,” said Angela Spalsbury, Ph.D. Dean of Kent State Geauga. “Their gifts are making a difference in the lives of our students, by allowing them to focus on their education and not how they are going to pay for tuition.” “We put our students first, and so do our donors by starting and supporting scholarships.”

If you would like more information about leaving a lasting legacy in Geauga County by starting a scholarship or contributing to an existing one, please contact Molly Smith, Associate Director of Advancement at msmit68@kent.edu or 440.834.3761.

To view more pictures from this event, please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/2P11Y5y.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:41pm
Molly Smith, '99, Associate Director of Advancement