Hiram College has much to be thankful for this season. Today, the College announces a $665,000 gift. This gift is helping Hiram College keep pace with the $9.3 million record fundraising year it recorded in 2015-16. This recent gift — to support need-based scholarships — adds to a $2 million gift made by the same anonymous benefactor last year. The 2015-16 gift was the largest single cash gift ever received by the College, establishing an endowed scholarship fund that honors the memory of Galen J. Roush. The new gift expands on that good work. Roush was a graduate of the class of 1915. After leaving Hiram, Roush went on to establish Roadway Express, one of the country’s most successful trucking companies.
Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., president of the College, says that these gifts help the 166-year-old liberal arts college do what it does best: transform the lives of individual students who go on to change the communities where they work and live.
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Jennifer Schuller notes that last year’s $2 million gift spurred a “giving contagion” that helped Hiram set a fundraising record. “We are so very thankful for the momentum that gift fueled. We hope this second weighty gift has a similar effect this year.”
Having the gift come in right before the Thanksgiving Holiday “is just icing on the cake…or whipped cream on the pumpkin pie as the season would have it,” says Dr. Varlotta.