By ANGIE SCHMITT
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University’s Centennial Campaign is $200,000 richer today thanks to a gift from the Marion G. Resch Foundation.
The wife of the late Paul Resch, an attorney and stockbroker with Butler Wick, has earmarked her contribution to provide scholarships to students from Columbiana, Trumbull and Mahoning counties.
Over the years, the Resch foundation has contributed nearly $1 million to support scholarships for students of YSU, said Dr. George Pugh, chair of the foundation’s board of trustees.
The latest donation brings the university’s Centennial Campaign total to $35.4 million, or about 82 percent of its $43 million goal, said Tony Lariccia, chairman of the campaign. With the Resch donation, the university has exceeded the campaign objective to raise $7 million for undergraduate and graduate scholarships.
“This is a real happy day,” Lariccia said. “This university continues to be the Hope diamond of this area and it continues to glisten and shine.”
In honor of the donation, the university will name its Center for Student Progress after Marion G. Resch. The center offers academic support services to all the university’s students, with special programs for first-year, minority, disabled and adult learners. It was honored by the Educational Policy Institute this year for its success in building student retention levels.
“Our annual data has consistently indicated that students who use the Center for Student Progress return to YSU at greater rates than those who do not use the center,” said director Jonelle Beatrice. “I believe it is fitting that the center be named for Marion G. Resch, whose legacy is one of accepting students where they are in life and providing them with support to help them achieve their dreams.”