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    Harriet D. Hall '56 and her late husband George '58 met in Kemp Library and became accomplished educators with a lifelong devotion to educating youth. Their commitment to education never wavered, including a historic $4 million bequest commitment to the ESU Foundation that when realized, will benefit the university and its students for generations to come.
  • Stephen Somers
    Throughout his life, Stephen Somers has endeavored to achieve and give back to those around him.
  • Scott Simonds 90 and Patricia Fonzi
    After more than 30 years working in higher education, no one understands how generous donations can benefit a university more than Scott Simonds '90.
  • JUDY OELSCHLAGER Stivala '75
    Judy Oelschlager Stivala learned many lessons at ESU: how to work hard to achieve goals, how to balance work and school, and how to be flexible and open to opportunities. But the lesson that stands out the most is to help others achieve.
  • Dr. John R. Gantz '63
    East Stroudsburg University gave Dr. John Gantz the opportunity to succeed. College wasn't easy for Gantz, a 1963 graduate, as he balanced multiple jobs with his coursework. When he graduated with a degree in geography, he felt great pride in his achievement and more importantly—the inspiration to continue to succeed.
  • Ritchey '65 M'72 and Bobbi '66 Ricci
    Ritchey '65 M'72 and Bobbi '66 Ricci establish annual scholarships for Biological Science Education and Nursing students to give them more affordable access to the educational experiences they need to be successful.
  • Adam '00 M'02 and Erin Stauffer
    Adam's Stauffer's experience at East Stroudsburg University was transformative. When he arrived on campus in summer 1996, Stauffer, '00 '02 M.Ed., a sport management major...
  • Walter '77 and Nancy Rogers
    For Walter "Walt" Rogers III, '77, relationships are at the center of his life. He is still friends with people he met on his first day at ESU in the summer of 1973...
  • Charles '84 M '86 and Teresa Taylor
    Dr. Charles "Chuck" Taylor '84 M '86, a computer science major, is inspired to give back to East Stroudsburg University to show appreciation to...
  • Rory '84 and Diane Yanchek
    One of Rory Yanchek's core values is to help others. "I was raised to help others. I benefited from many generous acts from kind and thoughtful people in my life.
  • Maury Molin '76
    As Maury Molin '76 tells it, it all goes back to the fall semester of his senior year at East Stroudsburg State College.
  • Arthur '62 and
    Fannie Greene '62 Schisler
    Arthur '62 and Fannie Greene '62 Schisler, long-time donors to East Stroudsburg University, believe in "giving from whence you got."
  • David '76 M '84 and Moira Porteous '77 Hair
    Inspiration came from many sources to David '76 M '84 and Moira Porteous '77 Hair when they made the decision to leave East...
  • Bob Ott '70
    Sparked by the 50th anniversary of the 1968 East Stroudsburg College Championship Football Team, many things got Bob Ott '70 thinking about...
  • Kathy Waltz '70
    After Kathy Waltz '70 retired from elementary school teaching in the Scranton School District in 2011, she began to think there should be a place to leave...
  • Deborah Gebhardt '69
    If you've ever met Deborah Gebhardt '69, you might say she's done it all in her career - literally. That's because Gebhardt, who has a doctorate in biomechanics and anatomy, is nationally-known...
  • Dr. Faith Waters and Reverend Edward Kimes
    Spirit of Giving: Professor Emeritus and husband establish annual and endowed scholarships to support members of the Women's Basketball Team, help others achieve their full potential.