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Estate Planning - An Easy Way to Support CSU 

Posted May 29, 2018 in Articles

You can help ensure the future success of Cleveland State University and its students through language in your will or trust, specifying a gift be made to CSU as part of your estate plan.

Bequests can be made by gifting a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, the balance or residue of your estate or by making CSU a beneficiary of certain assets.

Alumnus Edward Basta, BSE '82, and non-alumna Rosalind Roberts know firsthand just how easy and rewarding making a bequest can be.

Basta believes the state of Cleveland depends on Cleveland State University, adding "the students are our future.” He describes his own CSU experience as non‐traditional.

Estate Planning - An Easy Way to Support CSU 

"I attended Fenn College of Engineering from January 1975 through June 1982 on a continual, part‐time, night classes basis until graduation while working full time at Republic Steel,” he says.

He and his classmates were the last undergraduates to complete metallurgical engineering‐related degrees before the department was discontinued. He attributes his career, including starting his own consulting firm, to his education.

His inspiration for making a bequest gift to CSU was based entirely on his gratitude to the University for its invaluable contribution to his success as an engineer and small business owner.

"I know this gift will help support the students that so desperately need financial assistance to achieve their career goals and dreams," he says.

Rosalind Roberts attended classes at CSU but did not complete her degree. She was inspired to make a bequest gift by Jack Hudson, a graduate of CSU's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

"Jack was someone I loved and admired. He had a very illustrious career as a prosecuting attorney, was a great mentor to young people and impacted many lives," she says. "This gift in his memory honors the values he stood for as a lawyer and will help students realize their dreams by providing scholarships at the law school he attended.

“It is very gratifying to know you have done something to benefit society through education for future generations.”

To learn how you can leave a lasting legacy through a bequest, visit our planned giving section.

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