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Annual Fund - Q&A

What is the time period?
The 2013 Faculty and Staff Annual Fund begins on September 9, 2013 and ends October 18, 2013.

Why participate?
The Annual Fund is an important part of who we are and what we do.  All of us work directly or indirectly for the students.  Just think of the number of students in our classrooms and on campus who benefit from the scholarship support provided by the Stark State College Foundation.  This campaign offers all of us the opportunity to make a financial investment in our students. Your participation in our major fund raising effort will provide student scholarship assistance. 

What’s the goal?
The ultimate goal would be 100% participation! Last year 62% - commendable, but together we can increase it.  Last year more than $49,000 was raised, but together we can make it more than $50,000. For example, if every full-time employee gave $5.00 each pay we would surpass $50,000.

What should I give?
Each person should decide what is right based on individual capacity. Whether this is $2.00 a pay or $25.00 a pay, it helps our students and brings us closer to 100% participation.   This is your invitation to make a difference, so please take a moment today to review the enclosed information and take action. 

Where does the money go?
Over the past 16 years, the Stark State College Foundation has given over $1.5 million in scholarship funds to over 5,900 students.  During the Fall 2012/Spring 2013 academic year, the Foundation funded over $120,000 for student scholarships, College projects and instructional resources. 

What is an endowed scholarship and can I establish one?
An endowed scholarship is a permanent charitable scholarship fund that is invested with a long‑term strategy in order to provide income into perpetuity without invading the principal.  A tax-deductible donation of $5,000, payable over five years will establish an endowed scholarship in your name or a loved one’s name.  This computes to $39 per pay for five years.  Contact Brenda Griffith at Ext. 4415 for more information.

What is a matching gift?
Many companies will match an employee’s or spouse’s charitable donation. This is a great way to double your donation.  You will need to check with the appropriate company to determine if they have such a program and submit that company’s matching gift form.

What’s next? 

  1. If you have any other questions please ask your team captain or call the Office of Advancement
  2. Complete the Faculty and Staff Annual Fund Pledge Form.
  3. Return the form to the Advancement Office, S200b no later than October 18, 2013.
  4. Payroll deductions begin January 10, 2014. 

The following named endowments were established in memory of faculty and staff.

100 * Larry Abel Memorial Scholarship – benefits students with financial need
Established in memory of Larry Abel, former director of the Human Resources Department.  

101 * Engineering Memorial Scholarship – benefits engineering technology students
Established in memory of Gary Lucas, former head of the Engineering Technology Division, and William Shorthill, faculty member in design engineering technology. 

102 * Katy Hatton/Sarah Kaaikaula Memorial Scholarship – benefits students in human services programs
Established in memory of Sarah Kaaikaula, known to many as Katy Hatton. She was a full-time social worker and an adjunct faculty member.

103 * Doris Jean Huston Memorial Scholarship – benefits occupational therapy, massage therapy and physical therapy students
Established in memory of Doris Jean Huston, former department chair of the Occupational Therapy, Massage Therapy and Physical Therapy programs.

104 * Mel Kallis Memorial Scholarship – benefits medical laboratory program (MLT) students
Established in memory of Mel Kallis, former department chair of the Medical Laboratory Program.

105 * Betty Jean Morford Memorial Scholarship – benefits students in administrative office technologies
Established in memory of Betty Jean Morford, former department chair of Office Administration Technology.

106 * Ned Saums Memorial Scholarship – benefits general studies/public service technology students
Established in memory of Ned Saums, former department chair of the General Studies/Public Service Technology.

107 * Margaret Smith Memorial Scholarship – benefits students with emergency financial need
Established in memory of Marge Smith, former assistant director of Financial Aid.


Each of the following departments committed perpetual pledges each totaling $5,000 to endow student scholarships.

108 * Allied Dental Health Endowed Scholarship

109 * Automotive Department Endowed Scholarship

110 * Marie Stokes Endowed Scholarshipbenefits English majors
The Stark State College English Department established this scholarship as a tribute to Professor Marie A. Stokes for the benefit of English majors.

113 * Career Development Endowed Scholarship

114 * Sciences Division Endowed Scholarship

115 * Student Services Endowed Scholarship



President’s Scholars Award – Benefits new/first-time, full-time high achieving students who meet two of three criteria: High School GPA of 3.0 or higher, top 25% of graduating class, or ACT composite score of 22 or higher. Eligible students will receive up to $2,500 in scholarships.

Students of Promise Scholarship Endowment Fund – Benefits high school graduates who successfully complete one or more Stark State dual-enrollment courses at a Stark County High School and who attend SSC full-time and directly from high school.


If you would like to designate your contribution to support one of the memorial funds listed above, please indicate the Fund # on your pledge form.  

For more information, please contact your leadership team member or the Advancement Office at Ext. 4643.