ALUMNA LEAVES $690,000 TO LAKE ERIE COLLEGE
- GIFT TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS
(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) - Lake Erie College received a bequest of approximately $690,000 Painesville-native Mary Weixel Novak to provide scholarships in honor of her two sons, Thomas and Michael. Novak attended Lake Erie in the late 1930s.
"This kind of gift is very special to the institution," said President Michael Victor. "Not only does it provide significant support to students, but it also inspires others to be charitable. We are proud and grateful to be remembered by Mary Novak," he added.
Being charitable was in Novak's nature as she bestowed gifts to Kent State University and three additional organizations. For years, she also provided free housing for those in need. "Mary Novak was very instrumental in helping down-trodden people with housing," said her estate attorney, Richard Spotz. "She was very frugal and had good investments. She made arrangements to take care of her family, plus these five agencies," added Spotz.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education, offering 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master's degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college offering an intimate learning environment, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.
For more information, visit the college website at www.lec.edu or call the admissions office at 800-916-0904