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2020-2021 Annual Report

With pleasure, I present It’s in the Giving, the East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s 2021-2022 Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors. This year, included as part of the Alumni Herald magazine, we recognize our donors and share with the entire ESU community the incredible contributions they have made in support of the university and its students.

Within this report, you will discover the direct result of the selfless philanthropy of ESU’s alumni, friends, and families, culminating in the ESU Foundation securing $5,273,256 in gifts and pledges during 2021-2022. From that, we provided 688 student scholarship awards, totaling more than $1 million. Behind every dollar of scholarship support, there is a grateful Warrior who can pursue their college degree and achieve their career goals. You will find just a few of their powerful stories starting on page six of this publication. 

It’s said the joy is in the giving and we feel there couldn’t be a truer sentiment. One example of this is the story of R. Bruce Miller, Sr., who in the last days of his life requested his son create an endowed scholarship to help ESU students in need. This gesture to help Warriors receive an education exemplifies the goodness in people and I invite you to read this inspiring story.

Two events highlighted the year that allowed us to celebrate the close of a fundraising campaign and raise much needed funds for student scholarship. The Warriors Football Locker Room Ribbon Cutting in April brought together hundreds of donors and friends to see the end result of a two-year, $860,000 campaign. We were also honored to host the Retirement Celebration of former president Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., in June, resulting in $37,650 raised for an endowed scholarship.

Fundraising for the Community Health Education and Simulation Center was also completed last year. Now, with construction nearly complete, we anticipate students and the community putting the state-of-the-art facility to use in January 2023. We are so grateful for the donors who stepped forward on this project.

Now well into the new fiscal year of 2022-2023, the ESU Foundation team is excited for all that lies ahead. Fundraising campaigns for multiple projects are under way, and the need for scholarship support never wains. Should you find yourself in a position to give back to ESU, we encourage you to contact us. It is indeed in the giving, and we are grateful to have you alongside us as we continue our important work for our current and future Warriors.