BGSU Firelands surpasses $1 million scholarship goal
BGSU Firelands has successfully completed a five-year, $1 million campaign for student scholarships.
The campaign goal, established in 2004 by the college's development board, focused on increasing the number of endowed and annually funded scholarships for BGSU Firelands students. The new scholarships-as well as additional contributions by several donors to their endowed scholarships-will provide much-needed financial support to students during challenging economic times.
"The students here at Firelands are lucky to have such generous benefactors who contribute to our scholarship funds," said Debbie Chase of Monroeville. Chase is a Sally DeForest Scholarship recipient who will receive her associate of science degree this month and plans to pursue a second associate degree, in radiologic technology.
The success of the fundraising campaign was due largely to George Mayer, who is retiring from his position as college development associate on Dec. 31 after nearly 10 years at BGSU Firelands.
"George Mayer has been the key to our fundraising success," said Firelands Dean William Balzer. "For nearly a decade, he has worked tirelessly with our development board, foundations, business and industry and local citizens to make the $1 million dream come true for our students."
Mayer was an integral part of the Committee on Educational Development community fundraising campaign that founded Firelands in the 1960s. He was also the original general chair of the effort that raised $2.5 million in private funds to construct the Cedar Point Center on the Huron campus. After a brief hiatus from his college fundraising duties to establish Buckeye Community Bank in Lorain County, he returned to Firelands to raise funds for scholarships and other projects that link the college with the residents of Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties.
A committee has been formed to begin the search for Mayer's successor.
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