Radiance sets a record for CSU scholarships
Cleveland State University’s third annual Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise gala was the most successful yet, exceeding its goal and raising $764,000 for CSU scholarships. On Friday, May 10, 500 guests packed the CSU Student Center, where they enjoyed music by a CSU jazz ensemble and wined and dined amid sweeping views of downtown Cleveland.
A highlight of the evening was the premiere of a cool new video (above) that celebrates how CSU inspires students and helps them achieve their dreams.
The program also included a heartfelt and humorous speech by Radiance scholar Dick Powis, a CSU anthropology major whose studies have taken him to Senegal for research into treatment-seeking behaviors, medical pluralism and ethnobotany.
Among the VIPs in attendance were Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, choreographer Dianne McIntyre and retired CSU professor Dr. Lewis Patterson. They received honorary degrees the following day during CSU’s Spring Commencement.
CSU President Ronald Berkman awarded the President’s Medal, CSU’s most prestigious nonacademic honor, to Trevor and Jennie Jones. Trevor, a highly accomplished engineer, is a former vice chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees. Jennie is a renowned photographer.
Over the past three years, Radiance has raised $1.6 million to fund scholarships for hundreds of CSU students in good academic standing who were at risk for dropping out of school because of financial issues.