Our Donors

Alice Hart Kneller

Alice Hart Kneller

This scholarship was set up by my late aunt and uncle because my aunt Allie (Alice) had such fond memories from Geneseo and thought so highly of the university. I wish I knew more than that but sadly, I learned of it in passing rather than at the time of its...

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Arthur and Pamela '77 Hatton

My primary motivation for creating the Campus Media Leadership Scholarship was a desire to give something back to the College by helping outstanding students pursue their education without having to take on a lot of student debt. During my 32-year career at Geneseo,...

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Bridget Murphy '01

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? This scholarship was created after Bridget passed away at the very young age of 28. Bridget loved her time at Geneseo, working on the Lamron, as well as her participation in the Big Brother/Big Sister...

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Charles Kleman '72

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? I chose to do a scholarship to help those that might not be able to afford a great education at Geneseo. What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is...

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Curtis Smith '73

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? At Geneseo, I was able to work my way through school and still write for the Lamron and other forums. I wanted to help students who face the same challenge that I did—paying expenses while also forging...

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Daniel Neverett '70

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? My parents were always strong advocates for education, and linked with the great personal and professional growth that I experienced at Geneseo, it seemed like a logical thing to do to recognize them. What...

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Deborah White

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? I created the scholarship for my mother, Eula T. White, because she graduated from Geneseo in 1939 and was on the Library School Faculty from approximately 1961 to 1975. Geneseo was huge part of our lives....

Dr. Rita Gollin

Dr. Rita Gollin

I vividly recall how gratified I was by each academic award I received during what turned out to be a long academic career. And I hope to provide such gratification to each student who wins the scholarship I created. I’m proud to have been able to share the many...

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Edward Dwyer '53

Uncle Edward left money to Geneseo because he thought a lot of the school. Yes, he received his undergraduate teaching degree in 1953, but later returned to earn his master’s after he came back from teaching in Paris. He needed the Master’s before resuming and...

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Gary Drago '74

My brother Gary died at 33 in 1986 of melanoma skin cancer. He asked me, as a fellow Geneseo graduate, to help provide scholarships to Geneseo students. I established the Gary Drago 1974 Memorial Endowed Scholarship. We are pleased and proud of this continuing...

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Gilbert and Jane '61 Palmer

Gilbert A. Palmer was an Associate Professor of Math at Geneseo from 1958 to 1987. His wife, Jane B. Palmer graduated from Geneseo in 1961 with a degree in Elementary Education. Gil wanted to help students monetarily who were going into the field of mathematics so...

Howard and Helen Smith

Howard and Helen Smith

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? At Geneseo, I was able to work my way through school and still write for the Lamron and other forums. I wanted to help students who face the same challenge that I did—paying expenses while also forging...

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James and Arleen Somerville

James K. Somerville, professor of history emeritus, taught history at Geneseo for 30 years. Upon his retirement, he and his spouse, Arlene, established the History Scholarship to encourage an outstanding history major to continue in the field. They also established...

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Joanna Kirk and Charles '74 Strickland

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? I have worked at SUNY Geneseo since early 1997, in both administration – communications, publication, media and alumni relations – and teaching – from 1997-98 and again 2008 to the present. I have also taken...

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John Anderson '79 and Patricia Sells

When Alzheimer’s disease rippled through my father’s mind and eventually claimed his life, as a family we were completely devastated. We would question how this brilliant man could so thoroughly change right before our eyes, in what, at the time, seemed like...

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Kelsey Annese '16

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? We chose to create this scholarship in honor of Kelsey because she loved everything about SUNY Geneseo: her basketball team, her educational experiences, the friends that she made, as well as the town. What...

Mark and Kristen Scoville

Mark and Kristen Scoville

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? To give back to the community and college that has given us a great foundation and a thriving business. What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is...

Martha Cox Hart

Martha Cox Hart

This scholarship was set up in honor and memory of my grandmother by three of her children in recognition of her long and distinguished career as an elementary school teacher. She began teaching in a one room schoolhouse bordering their property in Rush, NY and had...

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Paul '91 and Lisa Lambert

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? I had an incredible college experience while attending SUNY Geneseo, and that experience also provided me a spring board into my career at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. I was introduced to the manager that...

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Prof. Vangipuram Lakshmikantham

Do you know why the original donor(s) of this scholarship chose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? One of Dr. V. Lakshmikantham’s PHD students, Dr. Srinivas Leelamma, was working at SUNY as a Professor in Mathematics for a very long time. He thought it was for...

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Rev. Vincent E. Keane, Ph.D.

I first met Dr. Keane when he arrived in 1970 as an Associate Professor in the Speech and Hearing Department at SUNY Geneseo – later named the Dept. of Communication Disorders. Dr. Keane was a recent graduate from the doctoral program at the University of...

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Robert E. Murray '83

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? I reconnected with Geneseo about 10 years ago as a tribute to the memory of my classmate (Class of 1983) and friend Jim Kelly. Kells and I were buddies at Geneseo, bar-tended together on Long Island in the...

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Sally Harrington

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? This scholarship is in memory of Sally Harrington who worked as the secretary in the Sociology Department. Sally had a profound effect on the lives of everyone she met – faculty, staff and students. Sally...

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Sandra Wheat Burroughs

Sandra was in a graduate program for a certification in Special Education. She was a 1991 graduate of SUNY Oswego. She had worked in the events planning field and then with computer companies. She felt drawn to education, even though she had always said she would not...

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Scott Ray

I always assumed that I would include a bequest to the College in my will. Various circumstances allowed my personal financial situation to increase dramatically, so I was able to create 3 scholarships in the performing arts. Geneseo graduates have had wide success...

The Linfoot Family

The Linfoot Family

As longtime residents of Geneseo, members of the Linfoot family are very proud to have been able to establish this scholarship to recognize the outstanding contributions and impacts SUNY Geneseo and its students make. This scholarship was initially established to...

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Timothy '67 and Linda '67 Richter

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at SUNY Geneseo? We have always had a firm belief that education is essential. Education is a necessity for people to become all that they are capable of being. As graduates of Geneseo we continued to stress the importance...

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Vincent Spezzano

My dad did not graduate from Geneseo, but dated and married a Geneseo Alumna, Marjorie Elliott Spezzano. He was invited to speak at a Geneseo commencement. It held one of our favorite stories. When Dad was scheduled to speak, there was someone on campus that was...