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CSU Receives $1 Million Gift to Support Student Success Initiatives

Marjorie Brintnall Shorrock, long-time CSU supporter and advocate, steps up support for transformational student progression and graduation programs 

Marjorie Shorrock​​​​​​​CLEVELAND (December 16, 2020) – A new $1 million gift from Cleveland State University supporter Marjorie Brintnall Shorrock will help the university continue to lead and transform public higher education through advancing student support programs that directly impact student progression and graduation rates.

“Our brand of Engaged Learning is built upon the notion that we will get every single student through, and gifts like Marjorie’s help us deliver,” said CSU president Harlan Sands. “We are incredibly grateful for her generosity, and for recognizing how important our work is for the respective futures of our students, our university and our community.”

CSU is a national leader in creating innovative student success programs like the 2-for-1 Tuition Promise, first announced in June 2020, in which CSU covers Spring 2021 semester tuition for freshmen who successfully completed the Fall 2020 semester, after all other financial aid has been applied. The university recently announced that it will continue to offer the 2-for-1 Tuition Promise to freshmen who enroll and successfully complete the Fall 2021 semester.

Other CSU programs like Lift Up Vikes! and Last Mile Scholarships are designed to provide support to students facing a variety of challenges during their time at CSU. Last Mile Scholarships provide relief to students facing financial stressors during their final two years of study.

“I’m very dedicated to the university and to the success of its students, and am pleased to be able to support CSU financially and in other ways,” said Marjorie Brintnall Shorrock.

Shorrock’s connection to Cleveland State started in 1969 when her husband Bill joined the faculty in the history department. She later enrolled in CSU’s graduate program at the former Nance College of Business and earned an MBA in 1998. As an CSU alumna herself, coupled with her late husband’s decades-long career at the university, Shorrock has a deep appreciation of the unique composition of CSU’s student body – first generation students, underrepresented populations and working professionals – whose lives are changed by a Cleveland State education.

In 1974, Shorrock joined Resource Careers, a not-for-profit career development and referral service that helped college-educated women identify and obtain careers in business. She transformed the business into a for-profit corporation and expanded the company’s services to provide career assistance for spouses of employees who were relocating throughout the U.S. and abroad.


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Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With nearly 16,000 students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2021 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report, including the #1 public university in Ohio for social mobility. Find more information at