Scholarships Keep KSU Students on Track


Putting our students first — it’s what we strive to do each day, and that sometimes means giving them financial help to fulfill their dreams of getting a college degree. To help us do that, we look to our donors — our alumni and other friends of the university — who recognize that their generosity can mean the difference between a student putting their dreams on hold and being able to complete their degree in a timely manner.

Last year, KSU’s Office of Financial Aid reported that a number of students who were registered for their final semester lacked the financial support to finish. With 134 students identified for assistance and many exhausting their student loan options, the Kennesaw State University Foundation allocated Gap scholarships to provide these hard-working students the opportunity to complete their degrees. For the group of inaugural Gap scholarship recipients, almost 90 percent walked across the stage at the end of the semester with a degree from KSU. This year, the KSU Alumni Association has partnered with the Foundation to offer a challenge: each contribution earmarked for this year’s KSU Gap Scholarship Campaign will be matched two to one.

In addition, many donors have stepped up to the plate to help students at all levels of their education, including some that have been recently endowed.

  • Trent Turk and his wife, LaSona, made a pledge to endow a new scholarship in their names for students in the College of the Arts.

  • Peter and Erin Fitzgerald have provided funding this year toward the Paul Radow Scholars Program. Started by trustee and the former chair of the KSU Foundation, Norman Radow, in honor of his father, this program provides support to high-performing students enrolled in the mechanical engineering program in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

  • James Christopher Pike and Deborah Pike have created the Pike Family Entrepreneurship Endowed Scholarship, which provides financial support to students pursuing undergraduate degrees in entrepreneurship in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

  • Alice Glover endowed the Alice Lennie Glover Music Scholarship, and Emily Grigsby endowed the Athos Menaboni Art Research Scholarship. Both are in the College of the Arts.

These are just a few of the scholarships that demonstrate that our donors are one of this university’s greatest and most important assets as we work to help our students succeed at KSU and beyond.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten