Pacesetter - Winter 2010 - Partnerships

Generosity in action at scholarship reception

by Kathryn Keyes, Director of College Development

Diagnostic medical sonography student Taylor Warha, recipient of the Holmes Family Scholarship, with Sharon Longo Holmes and Richard Holmes.  
Nita Jennings with nursing student Nicole Petry, the recipient of her scholarship.  
Suzanne and John Coleman with Tiffany Thompson (nursing), recipient of the Margaret E. Benner and Robert Dudick Memorial Scholarships.  
Sarah Silver (nursing), recipient of the Ruth Gelford Ryle Scholarship, with donors Ruth Gelford Ryle and Cheryl Gelford Holland.  

Each fall, Kettering College offers an opportunity for student scholarship recipients to meet the benefactors who made their scholarships possible. At this year’s event Oct. 7 at Moraine Farm, students had the chance to say thank you, and donors had the chance to see the difference they’ve made in students, the College and the future of health professions.

As relationships formed between donors and scholars, the benefits of scholarship support became apparent. Donors saw firsthand how their philanthropy was benefiting our talented and deserving students and helping the College attract top students who align well with the College’s mission and vision. For the students, the evening provided the opportunity to say, “Thank you.”

Nursing student Tiffany Thompson, who received the Margaret Brenner Memorial Scholarship and the Robert Dudick Memorial Scholarship, was the event’s featured student speaker.

“Margaret Brenner was an extraordinary, determined and God-fearing woman,” Thompson said in her remarks. “Having been chosen to receive a scholarship in her honor is an incredible privilege. I hope I am able to adequately represent the spirit she embodied and continue her legacy of genuine Christian nursing care and dedication. … Not only has this scholarship been an awesome financial blessing to my family and me, but it also has strengthened our faith. Since I made the decision to leave my career and go to nursing school, God has provided for every need we’ve had — and right when we’ve needed it. I am so thankful to the Kettering Medical Center Foundation, Kettering College and especially Suzanne Coleman for their generosity.”

Suzanne Coleman ’71 (Nursing) established the scholarship in memory of her mother, Margaret Brenner ’73 (Nursing).

“From a donor’s perspective, the opportunity to meet the scholarship recipients and their families was wonderful,” Coleman said. “The caliber of the students who receive these awards and the difference they are making and will continue to make in those patients they touch underscore the investment in these students that will yield eternal benefits.”


If you are interested in creating your own scholarship or contributing to an existing one at Kettering College, contact Kathryn Keyes, director of College development, at or (937) 395-8607.