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MC2STEM High School

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MC2STEM High School

Thanks to a generous $1.25 million grant from KeyBank Foundation, some 140 11th and 12th graders at Cleveland’s MC2STEM High School now attend classes on the CSU campus.

The grant funded renovations to Rhodes Tower West, providing nine classrooms and a fabrication lab, or FabLab, where computers and production equipment are linked through sophisticated technology that allows students to create objects based on their own designs.

KeyBank Foundation’s grant also provides scholarship support for students intending to take early college courses and enroll at CSU, and support for professional development opportunities for STEM teachers and graduate students.

MC2STEM High School, which offers a special curriculum emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics, has demonstrated significant success in preparing students for higher education. Its goal is to immerse high school students in a college environment to better prepare them for enrollment at a four-year university.

Special guests at the grand opening of MC2STEM High School included Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon, executive vice president and chair of KeyBank Foundation Margot Copeland, and astronaut Stephanie Wilson.

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Tomorrow Made Possible

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Tomorrow Made Possible

Nearly 500 students showed their appreciation to donors at CSU’s first-annual Tomorrow Made Possible (TMP) event.

Sponsored by the Student Alumni Association as part of national Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, TMP was designed to generate student awareness and appreciation for the impact of philanthropy. Students signed thank-you notes which were sent to donors, participated in activities and games that stressed the importance of giving, and even made a video that can be seen at www.csuohio.edu/alumni/tmp.

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Scholarship Luncheon

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Scholarship Luncheon

When you support scholarships, you are helping students better their lives through education. And at CSU’s annual Scholarship Luncheon, donors and recipients have the opportunity to come together, put faces to names, and say “thank you” and “congratulations.”

My Story was the theme for the 2013 luncheon, which featured donor Richard Barone, chairman of the Ancora Companies and CSU Foundation director/former chairman, and Honors Program scholarship recipient Arit Umana.

“Donors have the power to make a difference. Simple acts of generosity have the potential to spread and multiply,” said Barone, who funds the Richard A. Barone Scholarship.

Representing her fellow scholarship recipients, Umana pledged to “accept your faith in us, preserve your investment and offer a return for the greater good.”

President Ronald M. Berkman noted that more than 80 percent of CSU students depend on grants, loans and scholarships to finance their education.

“Financial support is absolutely essential for them to realize their aspirations,” he said. “That’s why raising scholarship dollars for our students has been one of my top priorities.”

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Radiance

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Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise

Thanks to generous corporate and individual sponsors, Radiance scholarships have helped more than 550 students stay in school and on track to graduation. In 2013, Radiance raised a record $782,000 for student scholarships.

Radiance Scholarships

Since its inception in 2011, this annual event has brought in more than $1.6 million to provide scholarships for undergraduate students, mostly juniors and seniors, who are in good academic standing but at risk for dropping out of school due to financial issues.

“These scholarships are more than just dollars. They are truly life-changing,” says President Ronald M. Berkman.

The President’s Medal – CSU’s most prestigious non-academic recognition – was awarded to benefactors Jennie and Trevor Jones. Both champions of CSU, Jennie Jones is a renowned photographer and community volunteer and Trevor Jones is a distinguished scientist and prominent business leader who served on the University’s Board of Trustees, including four years as vice chairman.

The couple has generously supported student scholarships and other University needs and for two years served as host committee chairs for the Moses Cleaveland Scholarship Dinner, forerunner to Radiance.

The President’s Medal was awarded in recognition and appreciation for all they have done for CSU and Cleveland.


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Recognition Societies

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Recognition Societies

Recognition societies to salute donors for their cumulative giving have been established by the CSU Foundation. The new societies provide an additional opportunity for CSU to honor donors for their leadership giving and thank them for their commitment to CSU.

Members were welcomed and philanthropy celebrated at an inaugural donor recognition event. As a thank-you gift, guests received distinctive CSU lapel pins, with a unique design for each level of giving.

CSU’s Presidential Donor Recognition Societies are:

President’s Cabinet
$1 million and more

President’s Circle
$500,000-$999,999

Honors Circle
$100,000-$499,999

Scholars Circle
$10,000-$99,999

Legacy Society (formerly the C.V. Thomas Society)
Planned and estate gifts

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