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CSU Giving Day Sets New Record
February 24, 2020
Cleveland State University’s seventh-annual Giving Day, held on Tuesday, February 12, raised more than $460,000 from over 2,500 donors,...
Today’s students will one day join a talent pool and workforce that includes thousands of CSU graduates who have been influencing and advancing society’s collective good for the better part of 50 years.
IRA funds medical education
Eugene Trela earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from CSU in 1969. Like many graduates, he...
Your support helps alleviate the pressures that can cause some of our students to simply give up, only a few short steps away from obtaining a college degree.
2020 Scholarship Luncheon
Time: Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Thursday, April 23 2020 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
A couple years ago, Maci Nestlerode’s father was stricken with a spinal cord injury, leaving him in a wheelchair.
“I never expected to have to go through that with a parent,” she said.
Maci was only 19 years old, at the beginning of her college career at CSU and wrestling with the possibility of having to leave her program in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and return home to Portage Lake.
“It was hard thinking that I’d have to leave,” she admits.
The mounting responsibilities of caring for her ailing father and being a support to her family was her first priority. Understandably, school became more of a challenge.
Still, she didn’t want to leave. As a non-profit major, Maci felt like she’d found a home in the Levin College, like she was where she needed to be to thrive.
Then came her scholarship and everything became clearer. She couldn’t leave.
Though she’d received the Provost’s Award as an incoming freshman, when she received her new scholarship, The AKA Family Legacy Scholarship, it was the boon she needed to stay on track.
"It made me feel a lot better and more confident that I can keep going and I can still do it," she said tearfully.
These days Maci is a junior, and her father is still bound to a wheelchair, but she says that she and her family have learned to balance the responsibilities. If anything, her pace at school has quickened.
“I have a spreadsheet of my schedule and it stresses me out,” she laughs.
She’s the secretary in CSU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, she’s helping to establish a chapter of the League of Women Voters on campus along with working in The Mareyjoyce Green Women's Center. Plus, she works mornings at the mall in Strongsville with sporadic babysitting jobs.
Though free time is scarce, Maci’s eyes are trained on the finish line. It’s her personal mission to be the first in her immediate family to graduate. And when that days comes, she’s excited for what lay ahead even if she hasn’t fully determined that yet.
“I don’t care if I ever make six figures in my life. I would like to help people.”
Whether you are making a financial contribution, volunteering your time, or providing internships and cooperative education experiences for our students, you are helping make a great University even better.
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