Campus Establishes New Scholarship Opportunities

Kent State University at Tuscarawas is announcing the establishment of a new scholarship fund, the Tuscarawas Trust, which was created with contributions from the Helen Brach Foundation and the Tuscarawas County University Foundation.

“I am grateful to the Helen Brach Foundation and the Tuscarawas County University Foundation for their generous donations to the Tuscarawas Trust,” said Dr. Brad Bielski, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State Tuscarawas. “We, as an institution, have established this strategic initiative to provide additional focus on need-based scholarships for deserving students.”

According to Laurie Donley, director of enrollment management and student services, “Having additional scholarships available for students who show academic promise and need assistance to pay for college, will be a great benefit for the campus community. Although our lowest income students receive the full Pell Grant, which covers tuition expenses, we have many students with financial need who do not receive it or only qualify for a small portion of the Pell Grant. We hope to assist these students in avoiding the need to take out student loans.”

Doug Ross, president of the Tuscarawas County University Foundation, is pleased that the Foundation is able to provide funds for a new scholarship that will further strengthen the Kent State Tuscarawas scholarship program.

“The Foundation focuses on attracting and retaining outstanding students to Kent State Tuscarawas,” added Ross. “In addition to helping new students, the Tuscarawas Trust will assist existing students in the pursuit of their goal of achieving a university degree by bridging the gap between the resources they have and the total tuition costs. This scholarship will make a difference in a student’s ability to remain in school and complete their degree.”

Located in New Philadelphia, Kent State Tuscarawas serves more than 2,300 students enrolled in 28 bachelor’s and associate degree programs.

In addition to providing scholarships, the Tuscarawas County University Foundation’s mission is to serve as a vehicle to support Kent State Tuscarawas; meet the costs of long-range capital improvements to the facility; promote and support higher education in Tuscarawas County and surrounding areas; and to provide funds for projects at Kent State Tuscarawas. Annual fund raising campaigns provide money for scholarships and student loans. As a recognized 501c3, donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

For more information about the Tuscarawas Trust and scholarship criteria, contact Laurie Donley at 330.339.3391 or Anyone wishing to donate to the Tuscarawas Trust should contact Chad Conrad, director of advancement, at 330.308.7445 or




POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 4:29pm
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