Michael D. Kilgus Scholarship Established at GC

The Garrett College Foundation has announced the establishment of the Michael D. Kilgus Scholarship for Excellence, founded in his memory by his wife Rebecca Kilgus.

Working with Michael’s mother Mary E. Kilgus, along with son Tanner Polce of Easton, and daughter Kelsie Polce of Oakland, Rebecca Kilgus designated this as a merit-based scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled at Garrett College.

Kilgus served as dean of administration at Garrett College from September 1999 through June 2007. He died unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at age 44, in Easton where he was residing. At the time of his death, Kilgus held the position of vice president for administrative services at Chesapeake College.

Born and raised in Muncy, Pa., Kilgus was a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning both his Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees. He dedicated his career to serving in the sector of higher education in Maryland, leading numerous initiatives for capital improvements.

While serving as dean of administration of Garrett College, Kilgus was involved in the construction of Laker Hall, one of two campus housing facilities. He also worked on a document retention policy that was used by many Maryland colleges and was very active in the Business Officers affinity group of the Maryland Association of Community College (MACCBO).

To fund the scholarship at Garrett College, as well as a scholarship at Chesapeake College, an annual memorial golf tournament, TheMichael Kilgus Classic Scramble Fore Scholarships, has been organized in Easton. All proceeds of the tournament will benefit the Michael Kilgus Dollars for Scholars Foundation through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. These funds will be gifted in the form of grants to Chesapeake College and Garrett College who will award the scholarships.

Dr. Richard MacLennan, President of Garrett College, spoke of his gratitude to Rebecca Kilgus for creating this scholarship. “Mike Kilgus contributed greatly to Garrett College during his years of service. His dedication to higher education has benefitted students across Maryland. The scholarship funds established in his name will expand and perpetuate his legacy. We are very grateful to Becky Kilgus for her efforts in continuing Mike’s mission,” he said.

For more information or to make a gift to the Michael D. Kilgus Scholarship for Excellence or other Garrett  College Foundation scholarships or programs one may contact the Foundation office at 301-387-3131 or visit www.garrettcollegefoundation.org

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