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Susan Couch

Susan Couch
ESTATE GIFT

As a Detroit native, Susan Couch '79, is encouraged by the city's revitalization and is particularly delighted to see that two institutions she has enjoyed for decades are still a vital part of the city: WDET and the Hilberry Theatre. Read More

Marion Ringe

Marion Ringe
Endowed Scholarship

"I knew I wanted to do something significant, something lasting, and that's when my major philanthropy started at Wayne State." Read More

Georgina Stanaj

Georgina Stanaj
Scholarship Receipient

"I want to be an inspiration to all who know me that their dreams can come true. This scholarship made it possible for me to achieve the dream I had of getting an M.B.A. I was elated to have part of my burden relieved as the financial support helped me cover some of my school expenses. Without the additional help, I would not have been able to achieve my dream while raising four children on a small budget."
— Georgina Stanaj, M.B.A. '18
Recipient of Beverly Dipple McAninch Annual Scholarship

Albert King

Albert King
Charitable Gift Annuities

College of Engineering Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Albert King impacted countless students during his more than six-decade career. Through his planned gifts to the university, he’ll be able to impact even more well beyond his lifetime. Read More

Geralyn Stephens

Dr. Geralyn Stephens
Endowed Fund

Dr. Geralyn Stephens forged a lifelong friendship with Professor Lola V. Jackson before becoming a professor herself. See how she is ensuring her beliefs and support for the university continue with a gift that will live forever. Read More

Terry and Cathy Elkiss

Terry and Cathy Elkiss
Estate gift

Terry H. Elkiss ’69 always felt that Wayne State University was pivotal in his family’s life history. His parents, Harry and Belle Elkiss, met and fell in love as students in what was then known as the College of Pharmacy. Read More

Vera Fay Righthand

Vera Fay Righthand
Estate gift

Vera Fay Righthand made a big impact at WSU studying tiny things. Now she's made another huge difference with her estate. Read More

Dr. Frank R. Baumgartner

Dr. Frank R. Baumgartner
Gift of Retirement Plan Assets

Years ago my mother asked for donations to the scholarship she had created at the Wayne State University School of Social Work in lieu of birthday and Christmas gifts. Read More

Betty Jane Neitzel

Betty Jane Neitzel
Endowed Fund

Betty Jane Neitzel surprised Wayne State's psychology department by including a gift of more than $700,000. Read More

Aleanna Siacon

Aleanna Siacon
Scholarship Recipient

"I was incredibly lucky to have found myself at an institution that has not only supported me so heftily financially, but found me and my body of work worthy of such scholarships," Aleanna says. Read More

Debra Keller

Debra Keller
Endowed Scholarship

"I'm fairly certain that if Wayne State had not given me the Board of Governors Scholarship, I would never have completed my undergraduate degree...Any extra money I have is going to Wayne State, where it is needed and can help do more good." Read More

Elizabeth Buc

Elizabeth Buc
Beneficiary of IRA/Retirement Plan

“Although I attended three separate universities, my support goes to Wayne State because of the impact it has had on my career, the relationships with faculty and others that were formed, and the important educational role it will continue to play for future students.”

Mildred Kaye

Mildred Kaye
Endowed Scholarship

“I have greatly enjoyed meeting the students who receive scholarships from our fund. I recommend that everyone consider creating an endowed scholarship fund!”

Marie A. Tront

Marie A. Tront
Trust Beneficiary

“Attending Wayne State was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I want to be sure that the intellectual stimulation of an urban university is there for future generations. By naming Wayne State in my trust, I can make a larger gift than I would be able to by check.”

Mel Janowitz

Mel Janowitz
Lifetime Income

“I am a strong believer in charitable gift annuities as a pension supplement. I have two at Wayne. The interest rate is many times what I can get elsewhere, and it is only partially taxable. With a CGA to Wayne State, I can arrange for the money to be used to help needy students, support research endeavors, or help fill other needs.”

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