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June 6, 2013

Radiance raises record funds for scholarships

By Christina Sanders

On Friday May 10, Cleveland State University hosted their third annual Radiance Scholarship fundraiser in the student center ballroom on the third floor.

Entrepreneurs,corporate sponsors, Cleveland State University alumni, faculty and a few students filled the room for the annual two-hour event.

Held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Friday before commencement, the Radiance Scholarship fundraiser cocktail reception is an event that honors donors who have allocated monetary gifts to Cleveland State University for the purpose of helping students who, in their junior and senior years of college at Cleveland State, have exhausted all of their financial aid and would face dropping out of the university because of financial reasons.

All students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the award, which is renewable. So far over $300,000 in awards has been given out in past years.

This year Cleveland State University raised more money than with any prior scholarship fundraiser, as $764,000 was given to go towards student scholarships.

Radiance is in its third year and was started after administrators noticed the major factor that kept great Cleveland State students from graduating.

“You’re going through records and you notice why students are withdrawing from the university and it’s mainly because of not being able to afford to continue to attend, “ said Berinthia LeVine, vice president of university advancement and executive director of the Cleveland State Foundation.

Levine describes Radiance as the brainchild of Cleveland State trustee Tom Adler.

There are different levels of giving that the donors can choose from. Those who have made the largest contribution to the university are honored at the event.

Formerly known as the Moses Cleveland Black Tie Dinner, the Radiance Scholarship fundraiser dinner is also a place to honor a person who has dedicated their time to the betterment of the university. The individual is honored with the President’s Medal—the highest honor available from the university.

This year’s recipients of the President’s Medal were Trevor and Jennie Jones.

Trevor is an accomplished engineer and businessman. He has previously served as the vice chairman of Cleveland State’s Board of Trustees and the chairman of Cleveland State University’s Wright Center.

His wife, Jennie, is a renowned photographer and author who has donated 22,000 images to Cleveland State’s Michael Schwartz Library Special Collections.Trevor received an honorary doctorate of science from the university, and Jennie received an honorary doctorate of fine arts.

Held the Friday before commencement, the Radiance Scholarship fundraiser and cocktail reception is a prestigious event that kicks off a weekend of celebration for the university.

Recipients of honorary degrees are recognized at this event, and many people come to network with other leaders connected to the university.

“This event is very important because students and promotes and celebrates CSU,” said LeVine.

This years’ donor who made the largest contribution was Parker-Hannifin.