Over the last 7 years, event has provided $7.8M for scholarships
Radiance: Realizing the Promise, Cleveland State University’s signature fundraising event to support scholarships and student success initiatives, raised a record $1.7 million in donations for 2018. The announcement was made by event co-chairs Nancy McCann and Bernie Moreno as part of the annual Radiance gala held on May 8. Since its inception in 2011, Radiance has raised over $7.8 million to support students with financial need in graduating on time with less debt.
“Radiance is a truly special initiative because it focuses on helping the neediest students reach their full potential, while furthering CSU’s mission of providing high-quality, accessible education for all,” says McCann, who previously served as chair of the CSU Foundation Board of Directors.
The Radiance gala included the awarding of the President’s Medal, CSU’s highest honor, to longtime university supporters Tom Adler, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, Timothy Cosgrove, current chair of the CSU Foundation Board, and Beth Mooney, chair and CEO of KeyCorp. It also featured the awarding of a special citation to retiring CSU President Ronald M. Berkman for his leadership in creating Radiance and spearheading its growth over the last seven years.
“Tom, Tim and Beth have been tremendous partners in our efforts to support CSU’s most important asset, our students, and we are pleased to be able to show our appreciation through the awarding of these medals,” adds Moreno, who completed his term as chair of CSU’s Board of Trustees in 2018. “Furthermore, the success of Radiance and the tremendous growth of CSU in general are a direct result of the leadership of Ron Berkman and we want to thank him for all he has done to support the important mission of the University.”
Radiance Scholarships provide up to $3,000 in financial support annually to students with financial need who are in good academic standing with a focus on Cleveland Metropolitan High School graduates, STEM majors, and Federal Pell Grant recipients. Radiance funds are also used to support CSU’s Last Mile Program which provides financial support to upperclassman who are nearing graduation but have maxed out of federal and state financial aid.