East Liverpool â€“ Local businessman, Gus Markanton, support for higher education was perpetuated with the creation of a scholarship endowment for Kent State University at East Liverpool students. Along with the scholarship endowment, additional funds have been reserved for future Kent State East Liverpool improvements. The total estate gift surpassed $200,000.According Markanton's nephew, Jeff Shinton, â€œMy uncle believed that it was essential for individuals to continue their education. He felt Kent State East Liverpool created higher education access for many local students who
Markantonâ€™s gift will have both an immediate and long-term impact on Kent State East Liverpoolâ€™s students. Beginning this fall, the Gus Markanton Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to at least five Kent State East Liverpool students who are graduates of East Liverpool City, Beaver Local and Wellsville Schools in Ohio or Hancock County Schools in West Virginia, and majoring in a business related discipline. Additional funds have been dedicated to future campus facility improvements that will ensure Kent State East Liverpool students have access to new and innovative learning environments.
Markantonâ€™s desire to help Kent State East Liverpool students was realized with the establishment of a charitable reminder unitrust. â€œThis is one of several types of charitable giving options that allows individuals to earn income while also establishing legacy that will benefit students,â€ says Matthew Butts, Director of Advancement for the East Liverpool and Salem Campus. â€œItâ€™s inspiring to be part of a community that values higher education so greatly,â€ adds Kent State East Liverpool Assistant Dean, Dr. Sue Rossi. â€œWeâ€™re proud to know our graduates will continue this tradition. Mr. Markantonâ€™s gift will inspire our students and alumni for years to come.