Stories

Every individual who has been influenced by their Husky experience has a personal story to tell. A first-generation college student. A dedicated teacher. A record-setting student-athlete. A successful alumnus. These stories illustrate our University’s commitment to preparing students for personal and professional success. Each success and moment in time combines to create an even bigger picture — that among the Bloomsburg family, each of us has the opportunity to make an impact on those experiences.

Stories of Impact & Support
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Fostering Growth

Through their generosity, Michael and Michele hope to empower students pursuing their academic and personal aspirations. They envision scholarship recipients who embrace the excitement of accoun...

Unlocking Potential

Natalie frequently reflects on the impact of the scholarship, recognizing the invaluable support it has provided her throughout her academic journey. Her appreciation for the donor's generosity ...

Building Dreams

Syheed's journey from a place of limited opportunities to academic and entrepreneurial success serves as an inspiration to others. His commitment to higher education is reflected in the Dr. Syhe...

Embraced by Support

Guided by the love of his family and the echoes of his career aspirations, Angel's path was illuminated by the financial support he’s received through the Drs. Theodore and Lorraine Shanoski Sch...

Generosity Empowers Dreams

Diohana's story is a reminder of the importance of community support in empowering individuals to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams. The generosity of donors who contribute to funds li...

From the Field to Philanthropy

From his remarkable achievements on the football field to the serendipitous meeting with his future wife, Danny attributes the person he is today to the connections forged at Bloomsburg. This pr...

Gaining the Edge

At the Annual Zeigler Institute for Professional Development Conference, each year, are the alumni and volunteers who return to make it a success. We are incredibly thankful for our loyal donors...

A Pathway to Success

Career Pathways in Science and Technology is an annual event that offers students a valuable opportunity to explore a wide range of career options within the fields of science and technology. It...

A Surprise Connection

Bella Culp, a standout student-athlete at Bloosmburg, is not only a dedicated field hockey and softball player but also the proud recipient of the Bowden Family Scholarship. Earlier this semest...

Showing our Appreciation

Earlier this semester, over 150 scholarship recipients participated in BU Foundation's annual Gratitude Days, where they expressed their thanks to the donors who support their academic goals. St...

Bob and JoAnn Bartoletti

After impacting the lives of thousands of students throughout the country and across the globe since they started their teaching careers in the early 1970s, Bob and JoAnn are creating an even gr...

Continuing a Dream

"When Bernie began teaching at Bloomsburg, that's when he found his home. He absolutely loved it there." That's what Kathleen Dill '72 said as she recalled the couple's early educational and pro...

My "Probie" Summer

For Bob Meeker '75, it all began in 1971 when Bloomsburg offered him a chance to prove himself during the summer as a probationary student, or "probie." If he performed well, he could return as ...

Reaching Goals

“Having scholarships, I would say, definitely has pushed me harder to maintain my good grades, and just staying on the right track, as well as pouring myself back into the Bloomsburg commu...

Experience and Value Makes the Difference

For Matt Thran '84, originally from Whippany, NJ, his decision to attend Bloomsburg significantly impacted his future. But for Matt, it wasn't just his experiences or what he learned that made t...

Supporting Dedication to Advancing Healthcare

Dr. Stephanie Turrise '95 is an accomplished nursing professional who has made significant contributions to the field of healthcare. She earned her BSN from Bloomsburg's Nursing Program and subs...

Building a Pipeline to Success

“We wanted to join the Huskies All-In Giving Challenge to help build and grow that foundation of donor support that a school like Bloomsburg needs to help all its students succeed. That starts w...

Time to Give Back

From meeting on campus as first-year students to starting their lives together after graduation, Anne ’79 and Charlie Wilson ’79 attribute a great deal of success to their time as undergrad stud...

A Legacy of Supporting Community

Barbara Connor ’66 knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl, when she would come home from school and play school. She always loved learning and how it felt when she connected...

Turning 4 years into 40

Five years ago, BU Head Baseball Coach Mike Collins began brainstorming with baseball alumni on ways to provide professional opportunities for his players. His goal was to show them that their f...

Digging for Opportunity

Six Bloomsburg students recently had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty at the National Collegiate Soil Judging contest held in Woodward, OK. They were able to ta...

Finishing Strong

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the support of the Student Veterans Association at BU, Charlie was able to make a smooth transition, not just from a financial perspective but also i...

Meeting the Challenge

Even when she was a little girl, Kara always knew she wanted to work in healthcare. It was about the time she was a junior in high school that she decided to pursue a career in nursing. Wh...

Achieving Goals

Maggie went home for her first spring break and didn’t return to campus for almost a year due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Just before the pandemic, her dad lost his job of more than 20 years...

Exceeding Expectations

Growing up in Bloomsburg, hearing the stories of what BU was like from when my mom and dad attended, then seeing my sister also go on to become a Husky, coming to BU was pretty much a fore...

Inspiring Success

"Without the gifts I received from donors, I don’t know if I would still be here, let alone having a successful year," says Gabi. "The scholarships I received served as a reminder that som...

Building Confidence

Thanks to the support she's received from Donors, she is not only on track to complete her degree, she's actually set to finish in three years. She was able to do that because of gifts to the Bl...

Taking the Next Step

Lizmeidy "Liz" Hernandez '20 benefited greatly from Donor Support during her time here at BU. From scholarships, to professional experience grants (PEGs) that provided her the opportunity to stu...

A Little Help Goes A Long Way

As a first-generation college student himself, Dr. Michael Martin, Associate Professor English and Director of the Professional Writing and Digital Rhetoric Program at BU, knows firsthand what a...

Leading Others to Success

Steve has been a loyal donor to BU students for many years. Prior to establishing his scholarship, Steve made an annual gift to the Delta Pi/Sigma Pi alumni sc...

Honoring a Legacy of Education

When Regina (Gina) Hitcho Garretson ‘69/’72 MA began her undergraduate degree at Bloomsburg, she discovered her deep passion for special education. Her time at BU fostered her love for helping s...

Supporting a Tradition of Brotherhood

When Dennis Siegmann ’68 stepped foot on Bloomsburg University’s campus for his first semester, it looked quite different than it does today. He found the most palpable thing about the universit...

Emergency Scholarships Make the Difference

Emergency Scholarships come in all shapes and sizes, tailored to help each student with their unique circumstances.

Inspiring More

Scholarships play a major role when it comes to impacting student success. Sometimes, they inspire students to strive for more. That was exactly the case for Collin.

Supporting a Sense of Community

For Huskies like Luna, scholarships are more than just financial support. They are the key to making her BU experience more than just getting her degree.

The Gift of Confidence

Nya Johnson ’24 knew the moment she arrived at BU for her first visit that this was where she wanted to spend her next four years.

Supporting the Next Steps

Scholarships build confidence and help students achieve success by showing them that hard work pays off. That was especially true for Portia Woodward, a senior Art History major from Sweet Valle...

Supporting Dreams, Changing Lives

For Tyshaun Pollard ’21, a first-generation college student from Harrisburg, PA, the scholarships he received transformed his life while also helping him realize his lifelong dream of playing co...

Accelerating Opportunity

Twin sisters Finn and Luka Joy would not be at Bloomsburg without the scholarships they received. And that would have been a missed opportunity for them and the University.

Returning the Favor

Eduardo “Ed” Ramos is a long-time BU donor and volunteer, specifically as a participant in BU’s ZIPD conference. He is grateful for the experience to give back and help students realize their fu...

Supporting the Community

Ed Piatkowski ’86 understands the value of a BU degree and how that value changes as time goes by, at least to the student who receives it.

Supporting Future Generations

Giving back to BU has always been important to Eric Pettis and his family. He began with a gift of ten dollars the year after he graduated and grew his support until he eventually created the Pe...

Supporting Goals

Proud Huskies like John often support multiple initiatives throughout the year to help BU students. John has been a loyal supporter to BU since graduating in 1990. In fact, he hasn’t missed maki...

Giving to What Matters

When Lamar Oglesby ’07 first arrived at Bloomsburg, he wasn’t fully prepared for the academic rigors of college. But thanks to some good advice and mentors who pointed him in the right direction...

Giving to the Greatest Need

Cheryl Tedder grew up in the Philadelphia area, and when it was time to start looking at colleges, she visited several state schools because she knew that would be the most affordable option for...

Achieving Dreams

Brittney, who completed her MBA in 2021, knows and cherishes the value of her BU education. Ever since she was a young girl, the Bloomsburg native knew she wanted to go to BU to get her degree, ...

Building Blocks to Success

Scholarships made the di­fference for Ashley. After applying to six schools and being accepted at each of them, Ashley made her choice to become a Husky when she received her scholarship offers ...

Experience of a Lifetime

The gift of a Professional Experience Grant (PEG) created an opportunity for Allison Sowers to develop a deeper understanding of herself and the world she lives in during a recent internsh...

Support Spurs Research Milestones

Jason Stone, a senior biochemistry major from Dresher, won first place for his oral presentation on his research at the 84th Annual Intercollegiate Chemist Convention, held virtually and hosted ...

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