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. Download Full Image

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 W. P. 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.”

$1M gift highlights culture of giving at Sun Devil Athletics

September 18, 2014

When Todd Graham and Ray Anderson pledged this week to give $1 million to a fundraising campaign to reinvent Sun Devil Stadium, they put a very public face on the strong culture of giving within Sun Devil Athletics.

Graham, ASU’s head football coach, and Anderson, ASU vice president for University Athletics and athletics director, each made a personal commitment to Sun Devil Athletics through individual $500,000 donations at a Sept. 15 press conference. The gifts come on the heels of 100 percent participation from athletic department employees in the Sun Devil Club’s annual fundraising campaign. Sun Devil Stadium lit up at night Download Full Image

“I think you should know that last year, 160 people in this department gave money to what is going on in this building,” said Steve Butterfield, co-chairman of the stadium fundraising effort and board member with the Sun Devil Club. “People that work here every day are showing their leadership and commitment to the university.”

Cooper Jones, executive associate athletic director and executive director of the Sun Devil Club, says the concept of philanthropy – personally investing in the program – is a key element within the Halls of the Carson Center. Gifts to the Sun Devil Club go directly to support specific programs or can be targeted to the club’s general scholarship program.

“Philanthropy has become something that we understand and embrace,” Jones says. “Our office as a whole has seen that not only are the leaders of Sun Devil Athletics asking for people to be involved because of a specific metric, but because they are making a commitment themselves.”

Graham and Anderson’s gifts will go directly to the reinvention of Sun Devil Stadium, which began this past spring when approximately 5,700 seats were removed from the north end zone as a preliminary step toward transforming the stadium. On Wednesday it was announced that the effort also will include a 84,500-square-foot Student Athletic Facility to be located at the north end of the stadium. The facility will be integrated into the existing stadium structure, and will include office and administrative spaces, meeting rooms, support space, study rooms, storage and equipment space, locker rooms, lounge areas, athletic training areas and conference areas.

Jones says that the message sent by Graham and Anderson will go a long way to encourage others inside and outside of the athletic department to get involved.

“One of the things I point to is not only the significant investment from these families, but the relatively small window of time each family has been in Tempe,” he says. “Coach Graham has been here for three years, and Ray has only been with us for seven months. Here we’ve got employees that didn’t have to give like this, but wanted to. This is part of the culture we are building here. We have really looked high and low to find another athletic department that has had a scenario like this and we couldn’t find it.”

Gary Campbell

Media Relations and Marketing Manager , Fulton Schools of Engineering