Keene Endowment Association Empowers Student Success
For sixty years, The Keene Endowment Association (KEA) has helped Keene State students reach higher, go further, and pursue excellence through a liberal arts education energized by real-world experience. KEA enables Keene State College students to learn creatively in College programs that incorporate leadership projects, undergraduate research, internships, study away in North America and foreign countries, and professional experience.
Celebrate Momentum 2018
Keene State students had a chance to say Thank You to alumni and friends who have made donations to benefit scholarships and student success. On October 5, the College celebrated Momentum, a gathering held annually to recognize donors and give them an opportunity to meet some of the young people they have helped through their generosity.
This year’s Momentum, held in the Mabel Brown Room of the Student Center, featured performances from music and theatre and dance students. Kirsten Becker ’20 of Charlestown, New Hampshire, provided piano music to open the program.
The standing-room-only crowd was treated to a scene from The Butterfly’s Evil Spell, a play by Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca put on by students in the Theatre and Dance Department and directed by senior Jacob Lavoie.
Lavoie also spoke at the event, saying “I would like to emphasize how scholarships have enabled me to focus on academic success.” Because of scholarship aid, he said, he has not had to spend all of his free time working part-time jobs. “That is such a gift because it has allowed me to focus on my academic and artistic growth,” he said.
English major Sonja Martineau ’19 also spoke to the gathered students and contributors. “It is difficult to think of graduation now,” she said, “as my time here has provided so many enriching experiences while allowing me to work with people of diverse ages, talents, and interests. Receiving the Harry C. Tebbetts scholarship the last two semesters has made it possible for me to graduate in May 2019, and I remain eternally grateful to all who have made this possible.”
The KEA Commitment
In the past year, KEA’s growing investment portfolio of close to $9 million supplied funds for 12 programs and provided 150-plus students with awards averaging more than $1,500. In the past 16 years, 1,750-plus students have benefited from KEA scholarships and program support.
KEA is committed to maintain and strengthen the endowment portfolio through prudent investment. We invite alumni and friends of the College to invest through gifts to the endowment, which includes a portfolio of Sustainable and Responsible Investments.
The Association is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1957 to accept gifts for the College for investment or accrual, to empower educational excellence. The Board of Directors collaborates with College administration to ensure the alignment of KEA and College purposes.
Make a Difference
Your gift will change lives and make a difference to Keene State students today and for future generations through an endowed gift! Add to an existing gift fund OR create a new fund that enables students to make meaningful contributions to the world.
Keene Endowment Association Scholarships
Giving Made Easy
Benjamin Weidman (Honors, Safety & Occupational Health Applied Sciences) – “Now in my junior year, I am the President of Habitat for Humanity, the conference chairman for ASSE, and an alternative break leader. I am continuing to pursue my passion in safety and I am taking a graduate level course this semester. This scholarship truly has an amazing impact on my experience here at Keene State College…”
Sarah Otterbeck (Secondary Education & Mathematics) – “I am a double major of secondary education and mathematics and I plan on going for a minor in statistics… I want to help young people, I feel like being a teacher is the way for me to do that… Money is tight for many people but because there are people who are willing to give back, people like me can continue to study and become an active part of our society. I am very grateful for your kindness; your generosity will be put to good use.”
Changing Lives over the Long Term
By establishing or donating to an endowed fund, you ensure that your gift will have an impact years into the future. Endowed scholarships provide financial assistance to students every year in perpetuity. Donations to endowed funds help students attain a first-rate education and then go on to make a difference in the world. Make a contribution, and you contribute to the greater good.
KEA Board of Trustees 2018-2019
Edmond Wojenski ’85, President
Ockle Johnson, Vice President
Richard Grogan, Treasurer
Indrika Arnold ’03, Secretary
William Adams ‘78
Robert Baines ‘68, Alumni Trustee
Barbara (Elliott) DiSenso ‘86
Raymond Jobin ’63 M’70
Jason Knights ’92
Scott McPherson ’92
William Poulin ‘83
Barbara Tremblay M’88
KSC Ex-officio Representatives
Dr. Melinda Treadwell ‘90, President
Susan LaPanne, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Veronica Rosa, Executive Director for Advancement