October 16th, 2018
GC Foundation recognizes STEM donors
The Garrett College Foundation recently launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign - "The Campaign for Garrett: Realizing our Dream" - with a goal of raising $500,000 for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives, including scholarships and technology renewal.
More than half of the initial fundraising goal was raised through local community gifts and pledges prior to August's official campaign launch. First United Bank & Trust President Carissa Rodeheaver and Dr. Rosie Versteegen serve as campaign co-chairs.
"The response to this campaign has been truly incredible," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College's president. "It's clear the Garrett County community is committed to ensuring our students have access to a high-quality STEM education."
Recognizing that technology has a short life span, an endowment was established by the Foundation to assist the College with maintaining the facility's state-of-the-art equipment and funding scholarships for students pursuing a STEM education.
This initiative – which is the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of Garrett College – coincides with the opening of the college's new STEM building, an $8.526 million expansion and renovation project funded equally by the county and the state. A well-attended grand opening ceremony was held in early September.
"I am humbled by the generosity of our local community in supporting this very ambitious campaign," stated Cherie Krug, executive director of the GC Foundation. "These gifts will ensure that our children will always have access to state-of-the-art equipment in pursuing their dreams of a STEM education."
Major donors were publicly announced and recognized by the Foundation as part of the September 8th grand opening event. Naming gifts – including naming of rooms and student study spaces in the new facility – including STEM scholarships were acknowledged.
The Foundation recently recognized the following room namings, scholarships and estate gifts made in connection with the STEM campaign:
STEM Building Room Namings: Appalachian Regional Commission; the Ashby & Hostutler families and representatives of the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund at Garrett College; Belt Construction Group; Mr. Carl & Mrs. Jane Belt; Daly Computers, Inc.; First United Bank & Trust; Mr. Ron & Mrs. Cherie Krug, in memory of Stanley H. & Henry B. Grecki; Dr. Brenda & Mr. Sull McCartney, in honor of Garrett County's FIRST Robotics Teams; Dr. Richard & Mrs. Donna Midcap; Dr. Walter H. Moran, Jr., in memory of Edna Solomon Moran; Garrett Container Systems, in memory of Don Morin, Sr. & Ruth Morin; Mr. Scott & Mrs. Carissa Rodeheaver; Mr. Jason & Mrs. Angie Rush and Mr. Josh & Mrs. Julie Rush, in honor of Barry & Gretchen Rush by the Rush sons and families; Dr. Rosemary & Mr. Piet Versteegen, in memory of Margaret Brock.
STEM Scholarships: Daly Computers, Inc. STEM Scholarship by Daly Computers, Inc.; Edna Solomon Moran STEM Memorial Scholarship by Dr. Walter Moran, Jr.; William E. & Joan B. Crawford Memorial Scholarship by the Honorable Susan Crawford & Dr. Mikal Crawford.
STEM Planned Gifts: Mr. Mike & Mrs. Jean Tumbarello
For additional information on the STEM campaign or on giving to the endowment, please contact the Garrett College Foundation Office at 301-387-3100.