Personal Stories

Spotlight on Scholarships

April 15, 2019 | Scholarship Stories

From the time she stepped foot on campus at Bloomsburg University when she was a junior in high school, Howard, Pa. native Tara Baney ’21 knew she wanted to be a Husky. Two years ago, when she arrived at BU as a freshman, she realized that dream and began to pursue her education, as an exercise science major. She was also excited to continue her career as member of the BU softball team.

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The Gift of Success

March 18, 2019 | Scholarship Stories

Three high-achieving BU student-athletes recently demonstrated just how impactful scholarships can be by combining the support they received from donors with the grit and determination it takes to accomplish success at the highest levels of their respective sports. Each of these remarkable student-athletes has put in the work and fought to attain their goals, and they all place a great deal of weight on their scholarships as being substantial motivating factors in helping them to achieve that success.

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Hard Work Pays Off

February 14, 2019 | Scholarship Stories

For many students, the impact of receiving a scholarship is much greater than just the monetary value. For Pittston Township, PA native Allison “Allie” Barber, it was rewarding to know someone supported and believed in her academic success.

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An Underdog Story

February 14, 2019 | Scholarship Stories

“Bloomsburg took a chance on me,” says Josh Sonntag ’14, “And it was very important to me that I could give back. I knew right after I graduated; I told myself once I was able to that I wanted to give back to the school.”

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Geography Professor Expresses Gratitude to Bloomsburg University with a $700,000 Bequest

November 05, 2018 | Scholarship Stories

A $700,000 gift from the estate of John Enman, Ph.D., professor emeritus of geography at Bloomsburg University will further support students, faculty and programs in the department of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences (EGGS).

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A Life and Legacy of Education

June 02, 2017 | Scholarship Stories

Bob ’68 and Sharon ’69 Reed have devoted their lives to teaching. They married as soon as Sharon graduated and began their careers in education; Bob as a high school math teacher, and Sharon in special education.

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A Collaborative Success

March 07, 2017 | Faculty Support Stories

When Stephen Clickard, Ph.D., Chair of the Bloomsburg University Music Department, was named as the recipient of the inaugural Jack and Helen Evans Endowed Fellowship in the College of Liberal Arts, he immediately recognized the opportunity to execute a project that he had been planning for some time. Dr. Clickard approached two students in the Bachelor of Arts: Audio Visual Recording Track to work with him on recording and producing a professional full-length album in the BU music studio of his little big band, The Clickard Consortium. Rebecca Dressler, a senior from Shamokin, PA, and Reed Lehman, a junior from Bloomsburg, PA, both jumped at the chance to get involved.

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At Home in the World

February 26, 2017 | Scholarship Stories

“When we’re comfortable, we tend to put ourselves into a little box and get used to traveling from our home to campus and back again, making that your whole world,” says Mariam Sarkessian, a native of Malvern, PA, about deciding to spend her junior year studying at the University of Nancy in Nancy, France. With an adventurous attitude and financial support from the Phillip N. Stan, III and Andrea McHugh Study Abroad/Internship Professional Experience Grant, Sarkessisn enrolled in a nine-month program to earn a Bachelor of Business degree.

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Walking on to Success

November 15, 2016 | Scholarship Stories

Paul Clifford and his wife Jennefer, both members of Bloomsburg University’s graduating class of 1996, wanted to make a gift that could foster an experience for other students similar to what they had during their time at BU.

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Impact on Experience

November 15, 2016 | Professional U Stories

“I wish I had done this sooner,” says Sheri A. Lippowitsch ’81, of her gift to establish a Virtual Professional Experience Grant.

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Inspiring More

October 07, 2016 | Scholarship Stories

“No one in my family went to college,” said Barbara Willders ’83. She never even considered college as a high school student. Then a teacher saw something in her that she couldn’t see in herself. The teacher, a BU alum, told her, “You’re going to Bloomsburg.” Now president and CEO of the IT consulting company Bogart Advisors, LLC in Lancaster, Barbara says she couldn’t imagine what her life would be like if she hadn’t attended BU and she doesn’t want to try.

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Tools for the Future

June 09, 2016 | Professional U Stories

Philadelphia native Hakeem Thomas took advantage of the biggest opportunity of his life —one that he hopes will lead to a career in cyber security — during summer 2016. “If this support wasn’t available for me, I would have missed out on this opportunity that I know is going to change my life,” he says.

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Difficult, Not Impossible

April 25, 2016 | Scholarship Stories

Boenell Kline, a senior Communications Studies major, shared the story of her personal Bloomsburg University journey with donors and fellow scholarship recipients at the 2016 Annual BU Foundation Scholarship Luncheon and how the support of strangers have had a major impact on her life.

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A Flexible Path

April 11, 2016 | Scholarship Stories

In the hopes of giving other students a chance to experience that same personal and professional success he has known, John and his wife, Jamie, recently gave a planned gift to establish The John A. Marzano ’74 and Jamie M. Marzano Scholarship. It is awarded to an incoming freshman or currently enrolled student in an Arts & Sciences, Communications or Marketing major.

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Motivation to Excel

April 08, 2016 | Scholarship Stories

Olivia Wolfe, class of 2018, had already decided to attend Bloomsburg when she received word that she had been awarded the C.H. Burgess Scholarship. Her mother is a BU alum and her sister will complete her undergraduate degree at BU this summer, so it was a natural choice. Still, the cost of a college education had her worried, so she was especially grateful for the award. “This scholarship has given me the chance to focus on putting my best foot forward rather than expending all my energy worrying about the financial burden of college,” says Olivia. “This allows me to concentrate on reaching academic goals and pushing myself academically.”

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Helping Students Like Us

February 15, 2016 | Scholarship Stories

I was an okay student in high school, but I really excelled in college because I had identified my strengths and was able to apply myself. And Bloomsburg was very nurturing during that process. It gave me the broad background to work in a variety of disciplines and eventually start my own business.

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My Eye-Opening Internship

February 15, 2016 | Professional U Stories

When my supervisor at my campus job introduced me to the internship program provided by The Washington Center in Washington, D.C., I was terrified, but her faith in me pushed me to apply. When I got accepted I knew I had to do it. I applied for a Boguski Capstone Scholarship to help finance my experience and was lucky enough to receive it!

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A Better Me

January 29, 2016 | Scholarship Stories

Coming to Bloomsburg was a chance to continue my dream and get a good education, without having too many student loans after graduation. I've been playing soccer since I was 5 and I didn't want to give that up after high school. I worked hard to get where I am and be good at the sport I love, so representing Bloomsburg in this way is a huge honor.

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Alumni Open Doors

January 29, 2016 | Professional U Stories

I truly believe that the organizations I was involved with and the interactions I had at Bloomsburg all helped me become a more well-rounded person and secure that job. Programs helped me by teaching me interview skills and introducing me to new kinds of businesses. Above all, my internship opportunity, made possible by a Bloomsburg alumnus, was what propelled me into the real world.

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Returning Home

January 29, 2016 | Scholarship Stories

They’re making my dream come true—getting an education and playing lacrosse. I always knew I wanted to play in college, but it’s amazing that, through this athletic scholarship, doing well in the sport I love is helping to pay for my education.

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Med School Made Possible

January 29, 2016 | Scholarship Stories

I’ve always been fascinated with muscles and bones, so I knew I wanted to go into the medical field, but I didn’t think I’d end up at Bloomsburg. It’s my hometown school, so I’ve always kind of dismissed it, but I was surprised to learn they have a great science and honors program.

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Affirming Value

January 29, 2016 | Faculty Support Stories

To me, the endowed professorship is about supporting faculty’s commitment to students by reinvesting donor generosity in the creation of pivotal learning experiences. Bloomsburg faculty believe that students are our priority because this is, first and foremost, a teaching university.

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They Believed in Me

September 24, 2015 | Faculty Support Stories

I first heard about Bloomsburg University through a high school visit. Because I was in a work program and left high school early every day, I ended up missing all college admission visits to my school except for one—Bloomsburg. So I applied, and was accepted. I started college and took an introductory sociology course.

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Leading By Example

September 15, 2015 | Scholarship Stories

As a first-generation college student and the oldest of six kids raised by a single mother, Terrance faced great adversity in deciding to attend college. A Bloomsburg scholarship gave him the confidence and financial support to make a positive impact in his life and the lives of many others.

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Rewarding Sacrifices

September 14, 2015 | Scholarship Stories

A talented cross country and track star, Hannah could have chosen to go to any school, but she fell in love with Bloomsburg. After a personal record-setting freshman year, in which she achieved All-American, Hannah was rewarded with a Bloomsburg athletic scholarship.

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A Breakfast Breakthrough

September 13, 2015 | Faculty Support Stories

As part of an informal “breakfast club” during his time at Bloomsburg, Michael had conversations with faculty that shaped his life. Later, when he decided he wanted to make a gift to help students like him, he saw an opportunity to stretch his dollars and reach hundreds of students by investing in faculty.

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Hosting a Husky Road Trip

September 12, 2015 | Professional U Stories

Thinking back to when he was a college student, Vinny says he never imagined he’d end up as the CEO & regional director of Ferragamo USA, but he knows the pressure is much greater for students today. Wanting to give back, he decided to host a Husky Road Trip to his company’s flagship store to give students real-world exposure.

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Share Your Story

September 01, 2015 | Scholarship Stories

Tell us about your BU experience! Your individual stories will inspire others to remember their own personal experiences and to participate in this campaign.

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Share Your Story

September 01, 2015 | Faculty Support Stories

Tell us about your BU experience! Your individual stories will inspire others to remember their own personal experiences and to participate in this campaign.

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Share Your Story

September 01, 2015 | Professional U Stories

Tell us about your BU experience! Your individual stories will inspire others to remember their own personal experiences and to participate in this campaign.

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Giving Never Grows Old

March 17, 2015 | Scholarship Stories

On March 17, 2015, Frances Young '36, turned 100 years old. To mark the occasion, there was a celebration at a restaurant in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin, with family and friends, treats, cake and a photo in the Sunday paper. And of course, in a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, “there is the wearing of the green,” says Frances.

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