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 2017
Keene State College students who benefit from scholarship aid had a chance to say “Thank you!” on Friday, October 13, at a reception for donors who give to funds that benefit student success. Donors, students, KEA trustees, and Keene State faculty and staff gathered to share their experiences, enjoy a string quartet performance, and celebrate the generosity of supporters whose contributions help to open pathways to challenging and satisfying opportunities now and in the future.
Remarks were made by two student scholarship recipients, Jessica Vandevord ‘18 and Geoffrey Edwards ‘19; a long time donor, alumnus and Emeritus Faculty, Ray Jobin ‘63 M’70; KEA President Ed Wojenski; and Keene State’s Interim President Melinda Treadwell. For more detail, see our story on the web, Momentum: The Big ‘Thank You’
Please click on the photos below to browse through our Momentum 2017 gallery.
The KEA Commitment
Through the generosity of Keene State alumni and friends and through the growth of an investment portfolio of more than $7 million, KEA is honored to fund over 230 scholarships and twelve programs annually. In the past fifteen years, more than 1,600 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.
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 2017-2018
Edmond Wojenski ’85, President
Ockle Johnson, Vice President
Richard Grogan, Treasurer
Indrika Arnold ’03, Secretary
William Adams ‘78
Robert Baines ‘68, Alumni Trustee
Raymond Jobin ’63 M’70
Jason Knights ’92
Scott McPherson ’92
Barbara Tremblay M’88
KSC Ex-officio Representatives
Dr. Melinda Treadwell ‘90, President
Susan LaPanne, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Marilyn Shriver, Interim Director for Advancement
Former KSC cross-country team captain, Parents Association president, Alumni Association committee member, and USNH Parent Advocate in the NH House and Senate during the 2013 and 2015 budget hearings, Steve Fortier ’86 will be coming on board as Keene State’s Director of External Relations on May 31.
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