Helping the Dream of an Oswego Education Take Root

Kay Benedict Sgarlata ’65

For Kay Benedict Sgarlata ’65, Oswego planted in her a seed that dropped from the pedagogical tree of its founder, Dr. Edward Austin Sheldon. Now, she and her husband, Anthony, have established a scholarship that she hopes will do the same for future generations of Oswego students. A former elementary teacher, Kay Sgarlata says she

Former Campus Leader Establishes Scholarship

Barnhart Family Photo

Timothy Barnhart ’02 says he always believed in the power of student involvement and in giving back. A loyal Oswego volunteer, he is a seven-year member of the Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors, a former member of the GOLD Leadership Council, active in the Alumni-In-Residence program and the Alumni Sharing Knowledge program and a

Kevin Bryans ’89 Endows New Scholarship

Kevin Bryans ’89 Endows New Scholarship

Since graduating, Kevin Bryans ’89 has given a gift to his alma mater every year. As a newly minted alumnus, he committed his unwavering support with an initial gift of $25 to The Fund for Oswego, hoping to increase his gift as he progressed through his career. He has now become a generous leadership donor.

Giving the Gift of Education

Florence Williams Kelly ’31

Ed Kelly says he has long wanted to generate a legacy for his mother, Florence Williams Kelly ’31, an alumna who loved teaching and recognized the opportunities it brought to teachers and to students. Kelly’s gift to establish the Florence Ellen Williams Kelly ’31 Scholarship commemorates the contributions she made through her life’s work. While

Reunion Inspires Alumnus to Create Musco Family Scholarship

Fred Musco ’73

As a youngster, Fred Musco ’73 always knew he was being guided toward higher education; his parents had made that quite clear. But, as a first-generation college student, he really wasn’t certain how to choose the right college. So, when high school teacher Will Sproat ’62, recognizing Musco’s interest in automotives and other industrial arts, casually mentioned, “Maybe you

Endowment 101

Oswego Endowment 101

By definition, an endowment is when a donor makes a gift with the understanding that the college will never spend the original gift, just a portion of the investment earnings. The gift exists in perpetuity — that is, forever — and benefits all generations of SUNY Oswego students and the college’s programs. Most often, we

Linda Panarites Sweeting ’75 Makes Giving a Priority

Linda Panarites Sweeting ’75

Focusing on students and their needs as a way of paying tribute to her family perfectly fits Linda Panarites Sweeting’s sensibilities regarding philanthropy. A 1975 graduate, she has been making gifts to SUNY Oswego’s annual fund and volunteering as a reunion gift organizer over the years, but always “hoped to do more.” When she consulted

Company Matches Couple’s Gift for Possibility Scholarships

T. Scott King ’74

T. Scott King ’74 and Deborah Coppola King ’75 of Delray Beach, Florida, are staunch supporters of SUNY Oswego. They recently gave a gift of $25,000 to the Possibility Scholarship program, with another $25,000 matched from Sun Capital Partners Inc., of which Scott King is Senior Managing Director. The Possibility Scholarship program provides tuition assistance

Cutler Fund Provides Special Opportunities for Public Justice Majors

Cutler Fund Provides Special Opportunities  for Public Justice Majors

Oswego public justice students are exploring career opportunities, attending conferences, and meeting mentors thanks to the generosity of David Cutler ’74, the founder and executive director of the Arapaho Community Treatment Center, a residential community corrections facility in Englewood, Colo. Cutler augmented his Public Justice Excellence Fund with an additional gift of $170,000, bringing the

Love of Oswego Sparks Loyal Giving

Love of Oswego Sparks Loyal Giving

Oswego has been a family tradition for Barbara Brown McCormack ’44, going back to the turn of the last century. That’s why she has been a loyal supporter of The Fund for Oswego for more than 30 years and is a member of the 1861 Society of The President’s Circle. “I feel it’s important to