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ASU Faculty, Staff Create 17 New Endowed Scholarships

September 18, 2014

Seventeen new scholarships have been created for Arizona State University students under a unique incentive matching program for faculty, staff and administrators.

The Maroon and Gold Leaders Giving Program is designed to increase scholarship support for high-performing undergraduate students with financial need.

The program offers matching funds for 10 years and immediately begins distributing scholarship help to students. As part of the program, ASU is matching 4 percent of an endowed scholarship commitment for the first 10 years of the scholarship. Commitments can be outright gifts or pledges with a five-year payment schedule. All scholarships start in the next academic year.

The program is off to a fast start, with 17 new scholarships already endowed by professors, retired professors, staff, deans, directors and the university’s provost.

“This is a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference at our university, a place that we cherish and believe passionately in its core mission – to provide access to a quality college education for all qualified students no matter their background or financial need,” said Christopher Callahan, vice provost and dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who helped create the program. “It is a genuine honor and privilege to play a small part in the lives of our extraordinary students, and for ASU students for years to come.”

The following Maroon and Gold Leaders scholarships have been endowed in the first months of the program.

Jean and Christopher Callahan Family Maroon and Gold Leaders Scholarship – Established in the Cronkite School by Dean Christopher Callahan and his wife Jean to help aspiring journalists study and learn critical values of great journalism.

Virginia Cárdenas Scholarship – Established in memory of Virginia by her husband José Cárdenas, senior vice president and general counsel at ASU.

Gregory Cheng Maroon and Gold Leaders Scholarship – Established by Augie Cheng, managing director of Arizona Technology Enterprises at ASU Skysong, in memory of his father.

Mary Louise Gaillard Maroon and Gold Leaders Scholarship – Established in the Cronkite School by Carnegie-Knight News21 Executive Editor Jacqueline Gaillard Petchel in honor of her mother whose sacrifices made it possible for her to attend and graduate from ASU and become an investigative reporter.

Edd and Gail Gibson Maroon and Gold Leaders Scholarship – Established in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering by Professor Edd Gibson, director of sustainable engineering and the built environment.

Ted Humphrey Scholarship Endowment – Established by Ted Humphrey, former dean of Barrett, The Honors College, who has spent 47 years as a faculty member at ASU.

Elyse and Paul Johnson Maroon and Gold Scholarship – Established in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering by Dean Paul Johnson and his wife Elyse.

Martha Monser Justice, Jack B. Justice, and Judith L. Justice Maroon and Gold Scholarship – Established in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences by George Justice, dean of humanities, to demonstrate the importance of the humanities.

Gerontological Social Work Maroon and Gold Scholarship – Established in the College of Public Programs by Teri Kennedy, a faculty member at the college, in honor of family members.

Angelo and Joyce Kinicki Maroon and Gold Scholarship – Established in the W. P. Carey School of Business by Professor Angelo Kinicki, who holds the Weatherup/Overby Chair in Leadership at Carey, and his wife Joyce.

Michele and Robert Page First Generation Maroon and Gold Leaders Scholarship – Established by Provost Robert Page and his wife Michele for first generation college students at ASU.

Eleanor Poste Scholarship – Established by George Poste, founding director of the ASU Biodesign Institute, in honor of his daughter.

Deborah Oldfield Reich and John Reich Maroon and Gold Leaders Scholarship – Established in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences by emeritus faculty member John Reich and his wife Deborah for students in the natural sciences.

Rund Family Maroon and Gold Leaders Scholarship – Established by Jim Rund, senior vice president for ASU’s Educational Outreach and Student Services, and his wife Barbara in honor of their family’s commitment to the mission of ASU.

Diane Hillman Schwartz Scholar – Established in the W. P. Carey School of Business by Dean Amy Hillman in memory of her sister.

Thomas J. and Dorothy J. Sokol Maroon and Gold Scholarship – Established in the Cronkite School by Cronkite IT Director TJ Sokol and his mother Dorothy in memory of Thomas J. Sokol.

Yoshioka/Hossbach Maroon and Gold Leaders Scholarship – Established in the College of Public Programs by Carlton and Audrey Yoshioka for nonprofit leadership and management students in honor of Audrey’s parents.

The 17 Maroon and Gold Scholarships total more than $450,000, ASU Foundation CEO R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr. said.

“There are daily examples across this great university of faculty who advance learning at ASU in the classroom and outside the classroom,” Shangraw said. “The Maroon and Gold Scholarship program was created specifically to meet the enthusiastic interest of faculty who seek to support ASU and their colleges through their own generosity. This program is designed to make their further commitment to the university even greater through matching funds. We are so grateful for the many faculty who are participating in this unique opportunity. They are making a positive difference in our future.”