Joseph "Josh" Stulberg '67 had two prerequisites when he decided to make a gift to his alma mater: honor two professors who were important to him and make it matter to current students.
"I probably think about Kalamazoo College every day that I enter a classroom," said Josh, professor of conflict resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. "Dr. Scarrow and Dr. Stavig are a big part of this. They dominate as role models to this day. To me, the personal significance of these gifts is huge."
David Scarrow is Kalamazoo College professor emeritus of philosophy. Richard Stavig is professor emeritus of English. In 1999, Josh and his wife, Midge, established the Richard and LaVonne Stavig Fund to provide a senior English or Theatre Arts major with a scholarship to help offset costs incurred in completing a Senior Independent Project.
In 2009, Josh funded the Dr. David Scarrow Award, which provides scholarships to each of three philosophy majors over six years. The first recipient is philosophy and German major Nathan Gilmour '12.
David Scarrow and his wife Janet (seated), recently met with Josh, Midge (standing, center) and awardees (l-r): Anna Simmons '10, Emily Meloche '10, Gilmour, Michael Chodos '10, and Claire Eder '10.
"It's inspiring to hear their stories," Josh said. "The combinations of academics
"I probably think about 'K' every day that I enter a classroom."with international and social justice themes reflect the best of a liberal arts education. 'K' meant a lot to me and I can tell it means a lot to them. I'm glad we can make opportunities for them and honor my mentors."
The College's strategic plan stresses the importance of scholarship endowments for students as well as endowed professorships. Great students, great teachers; and a spirit of giving that encompasses both!
To discuss how you can help current and future "K" students in ways meaningful to you and them, contact Executive Director of Development Teresa Newmarch (269-337-7327 or firstname.lastname@example.org).