Lake Erie College Announces Gift from Alumna and Board Chairperson to Leverage New Scholarships


Lake Erie College is pleased to announce the Stillwagon Challenge, an endowment challenge offering donors of $25,000 or more to have a named endowment scholarship. Prompted by a $1 million gift from Board of Trustees Chair, Nancy Krehl Stillwagon, the program will match each new endowed gift to the school, creating additional financial aid for students. 

Stillwagon, a long-time supporter and alumna of Lake Erie College became the College’s Board Chair in October 2019. Graduating from Lake Erie College in 1970 with a degree in music and visual art, she will be celebrating her 50th reunion this year. In honor of her 50th reunion, a gift of $1 million will match $25,000 endowed scholarships. 

“I urge individuals to follow their passion and trust themselves to realize their dreams. As Picasso said, ‘anything you can imagine can be real,’” said Stillwagon.

"Nancy's Board leadership and generous gift is good business for LEC. Her gift will help leverage other endowed scholarships which will ultimately help students attain the dream of earning a college education," said Tony Fulgenzio, Lake Erie College’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement. 

Stillwagon, a long-time advocate and alumna of Lake Erie College graduated in 1970 with a degree in music and visual arts. She went onto earn her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Kent State University and eventually a Ph.D. in American Art History from Case Western Reserve University.  Stillwagon has been involved with the College since 1983 when she joined the National Alumni Board (NAB) as Vice Chair and became Chair for the organization in 1986. 

Stillwagon’s love for the fine and performing arts remains her passion. She taught drawing, painting and printmaking at the Canton Art Institute and art history at various colleges including the University of Warsaw and John Carroll University. She is a student of jazz piano and plays professionally. In her free time, she also enjoys hiking, biking and gardening as well as international travel with her husband, Jon Stein.

For more information on the "Stillwagon Scholarship Challenge" you can call the advancement office at (440) 375-7255 or (440) 375-7225.

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