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Firm creates scholarship fund to honor Swoboda, retiring dean of DELO

Kersey and Kersey Architect Firm has created a $10,000 endowed scholarship in honor of Dr. Don Swoboda, dean of the Division of Extended Learning & Outreach.

Kersey and Kersey Architects created a $10,000 endowed scholarship in honor of Dr. Don Swoboda. Steve (right) and Cheryl Kersey (second from left) made the announcement during the retirement reception for Dr. Swoboda (left). (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

Steve and Cheryl Kersey made the announcement at the Knicely Conference Center on Sept. 17 during the retirement reception for Dr. Swoboda. “I am truly humbled and honored by the generous gift the Kerseys have made in my honor,” Dr. Swoboda said.

Kersey and Kersey Architects coordinated the Knicely Conference Center phase 1 expansion completed in July and are working on the next expansion phases scheduled to be completed in January. While working on the initial expansion project, they learned about DELO and the educational alternatives DELO offers.

“Through the expansion project, we received additional education ourselves,” said Steve Kersey. “We realized that there are so many people out there who want to increase their educational level but are busy working full-time jobs, raising their children and taking on other responsibilities. We just want to do something to specifically help these students meet their educational goals.”

According to Dr. Swoboda, there aren’t many scholarship opportunities specifically for adult students. “The Kerseys’ generosity will begin to address this issue and hopefully lead the way for others to follow suit,” Dr. Swoboda said. “I am tremendously grateful to the Kerseys for their gift.”

The scholarship will be available beginning fall 2011 for nontraditional students attending WKU. Nontraditional students are defined as any student age 25 or older; admitted two or more years after high school graduation; or returning to WKU after taking two or more years off.

For more information on creating scholarships, contact Ron Wilson at (270) 745-8727 or by email at ron.wilson@wku.edu.

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