Celebrating 50 Years
The Geneseo Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary of financial support, stewardship, leadership and advocacy for the College. The vision and efforts of past and present foundation board members are woven into educational and life experiences across campus. Read the Geneseo Scene article: 50 Years of Creating Opportunities — A Campus Tour.
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During 2020-2021, 54% of donors gave for scholarships and access to a Geneseo education.
New Endowed Funds and Scholarships
We received so many impactful and generous gifts this year. Among those are the individuals who chose to create endowments—forever funds—to ensure Geneseo’s future.
List of new endowed funds and scholarships
Acierno Family Scholarship Endowment
Kathleen Acierno Baron ’83, a member of the Geneseo Foundation
Board of Directors and a first-generation college graduate, established
an endowment to provide financial support for first-generation
Department of Political Science Endowment
Barbara Bilodeau ’86, a member of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors, established an endowment to support activities and programs in the Department of Political Science.
Dr. Amy S. Tolbert '85 Endowed Scholarship in Communication
Author of multiple books and other printed works, Dr. Amy Tolbert '85 established the endowment fund to aid excelling communication students who are entering their junior year at Geneseo.
Dr. Demetrice A. Worley Social Justice Research Endowment
SUNY Geneseo Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History Stacey Robertson established the endowment in honor of her friend, Dr. Demetrice A. Worley, to provide financial assistance to faculty or student research projects surrounding social justice issues. Dr. Worley’s commitment to social justice teachings and achievement of being the first black woman to become a full tenured professor at Bradley University.
Dr. Denise Battles and Dr. Michael Mills Scholarship Fund
SUNY Geneseo President Denise A. Battles and her spouse, Director of National Fellowships and Scholarships Michael Mills, created an endowment to provide annual awards for undergraduate research and creative scholarly activity. They want to make research opportunities available to students who might not have access to such experiences.
Dr. Richard Wayne Mahood Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Education Dr. Richard Wayne Mahood (Geneseo faculty 1969-1994) inspired generations of Geneseo students. Established by his family, friends, and former students, the endowment provides financial assistance to a junior or senior adolescence education major with a concentration in social studies or history.
Kenneth and Susan Henk Scholarship Endowment
Thomas Henk ’92, a member of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors and a first-generation college graduate, created an endowment named after his parents, who supported him throughout his years at Geneseo. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming or current student with a preference for first-generation students and accounting majors.
Luckern/Miles Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Mary E. Luckern ’53 established this endowment in honor of her aunt and great-aunt, Abigail Miles from the class of 1891 and Abigail Miles from the class of 1922. The scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding incoming student majoring in education with a preference to students residing in Geneva or Seneca Falls.
Margaret Fechtmann Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Blair family, including Jessica Partch ’00 Blair and Peter Blair ’00, and Virginia and Robert Blair, established the endowment in memory of their aunt and sister Margaret Fechtmann. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming Geneseo student who needs financial assistance.
Rick and Betty Smith Scholarship Endowment
Professor of Chemistry Rick Smith served as chemistry department chair from 1985-1994 and was a founding member of Geneseo's biochemistry program. He and his spouse, Betty, created the Rick and Betty Smith Scholarship Endowment to support incoming or current Geneseo students with financial needs.
William D. Leyerle Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
Dr. William D. Leyerle, lecturer emeritus in the department of music, was committed to his music students here at Geneseo and their futures. His sister, Betty Leyerle, established the William D. Leyerle Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund in his memory. The scholarship is awarded to incoming or current Geneseo students in the music program.
William Edward and Mary Cockram Morse Scholarship Endowment
Mary Cockram Morse is the daughter and niece of former alumnae Myrtle Belle (Smith) Cockram ’34 and Virginia Mae Smith ’35. In honor and memory of her mother and aunt and their careers in teaching, Mary Cockram Morse established the endowment to support students in the School of Education who are student teaching.
Establish a Geneseo Endowment
Interested in creating an endowment? You can learn more about endowments on our website or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-245-5518. We'd be happy to tell you more about the steps and options.
Give to Geneseo
There may be no greater gift than access to education. Supporting Geneseo strengthens the College's ability to assist students in financial need, and to provide merit-based scholarships that attract the brightest young minds to our campus. Make a donation.
"I am deeply grateful to have received this scholarship. I am very excited to be able to continue studying music. Someday, I want to teach at a college and conduct a sympathy orchestra. Thanks to your kindness, I will be able to continue my education, pushing me one step further to my dream.”
Shamar McFarlane '25
Music Education Major
Robert and Jeanette McFarlane Music Scholarship
Growing Alumni Engagement
The Office of Alumni Relations and SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association connect a network of more than 63,000 alumni from every state in the U.S. and 44 countries around the globe.
As of June 30, 2021, nearly 1,200 alumni volunteered their time as board members, affinity and regional chapter representatives, social media ambassadors, and classroom speakers. Additional connections were fostered by 1,530 alumni through the Alumni Book Club and 69 virtual events, including campus and career chats, networking sessions, and lifelong learning opportunities.
The Alumni Career Advisor Network, an online mentoring platform that links students with alumni to explore potential careers, job search advice, and networking opportunities, engaged 1,292 alumni participants.
Knight Nation Social Media Ambassadors
The Office of Alumni Relations launched Knight Nation Ambassadors, a new social media ambassador program to expand the reach of our Geneseo community across social networks. Knight Nation Ambassadors earn points and win prizes for sharing. It’s a way to show your love for Geneseo and share content on your social media accounts. Learn more on the Knight Nation website.
Giving Tuesday Fundraiser
Geneseo participated in its first Giving Tuesday fundraiser — #OneDayOneKnight — a global generosity movement on December 1, 2020.
There were 544 donors, including alumni, friends, and Geneseo Foundation board members, who joined together to raise more than $130,000 for the College and make a positive impact for students.
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