Thank you!

Baldwin Wallace gratefully recognizes the more than 5,000 donors who make a gift, of any amount, to the University each year. Each of them has their own story and their own reason for giving back, but ALL of them have made a significant impact on BW.

We are forever grateful for their commitment to this University and its future. We wish to express our sincerest thanks to all of the persons and organizations who provide this support.

Donor Lists, 2016-2017


Baldwin Wallace’s giving societies program helps foster its tradition of philanthropy by recognizing our most generous donors. What does it really mean to be a giving society member? Making a gift at one of our giving society levels allows you to play an important role in the financial health of BW and makes a powerful statement about how much you value a BW education.

Annual Societies

The societies listed below recognize gifts made cumulatively in our fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) to any fund at the University. Matching gifts from companies and firms count toward membership.

  • Mary Baldwin Society ($10,000 and greater)
  • Grindstone Society ($5,000-$9,999)
  • BW Leaders ($2,500-$4,999)
  • James Wallace Society ($1,000-$2,499)
  • Tower Club Society ($500-$999)
  • Young Alumni Giving Society
    • Years 0-4 after graduation ($120 or $10/month or greater)
    • Years 5-10 after graduation ($240 or $20/month or greater)

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society recognizes all BW community members who have shown great confidence in the future of the University through will commitments, life income gifts, trusts, life insurance and other planned gift arrangements. Find out more about gift planning with BW or call Marylou Hunter at (440) 826-2136.

Grateful Students

BW students are bright, hard-working, well-rounded, motivated and grateful. And the majority of students come to BW with moderate to extreme financial need. The average financial gap (after the family contribution, merit and need-based aid, grants and loans are factored into the aid package) is $3,000-$5,000. Endowed scholarships play a critical role in helping close the financial gap allowing students to persist and graduate from BW. Their gratitude is palpable and genuine — get a glimpse of their appreciation in these quotes taken from thank you letters to their scholarship donors.

The Norman Wells Chemistry Scholarship
"I work to fund my own education, and the Norman Wells Chemistry Scholarship helps immensely. With this assistance, I know that I will be able to continue working diligently in campus research facilities and in class. It is my hope that the research we conduct at Baldwin Wallace will result in publications that will benefit the scientific and medical community. Equally as important, our labs help train students for professional careers in research and medicine. I am excited to be able to continue to be a leader in my laboratory because of the assistance this scholarship provides."
—Benjamin Brown | Columbia Station, Ohio | Neuroscience and Chemistry

The Thomas “Jake” Beyer '83 Speech Communication Award, The James Hoke Smith and Marian Kempf Smith Scholarship, and The William and Mary Beth Smithett Scholarship
"I am beyond honored and grateful to be the recipient of these awards. I am actually the first in my family to attend college and have been faced with several financial difficulties throughout the last three years. These difficulties have enabled me to appreciate the importance of a college education and know all my hard work will not go to waste. As I begin my senior year, my goal is to leave knowing I made my mark in the Baldwin Wallace community. Beyond BW, I aspire to become a speech-language pathologist and work with children and adults with disabilities."
—Alayna Chlad | Kent, Ohio | Communication Disorders 

The Eleanor Miller Gillig Scholarship
"I am privileged and honored to be the recipient of The Eleanor Miller Gillig Scholarship. I would like to thank you very much for your generosity and for the financial help that this scholarship provides me. My plans for the future include graduation from Baldwin Wallace with my MBA in accounting and undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance. This scholarship will help me to continue my college education at Baldwin Wallace University and to positively impact the campus and the people around me." 
—David Flegal | Akron, Ohio | Accounting and Finance 

The Ted & Irene Theodore Scholarship
"Your generous scholarship has enabled me to take an active role in my education and has pushed me to improve myself. Wonderful surprises like a scholarship encourage me to become a better person and work hard to continue to be that wonderful teacher that I know is deep within me. The Ted & Irene Theodore Scholarship will help me to work hard academically and athletically. I will continue to volunteer, study and work to become the person that the two of you wish to see in the world."
—Laura Vidmar | Willoughby, Ohio | Education 

The Linda Fodor O’Connor and Richard O'Connor Scholarship
“The generosity of Mrs. Linda O'Connor has absolutely enabled me to receive a quality education here at BW. I am the first member of my family to pursue a four-year degree, which always comes with financial struggle. Working for my education has given me an appreciation for this institution that I have carried with me throughout my college career. I now understand the enormous financial responsibility of obtaining an excellent education, and so does Mrs. O'Connor. Thankfully, BW is not just about the education — it's about the experience. I am happy to have been involved all over campus in my four years at BW. I plan to use that experience and ultimately become an artistic director for a theatre organization working with social justice-based new works. I am so thankful and proud that Mrs. O'Connor and BW have helped me toward that goal."
—Nick Wilders | Mechanicsburg, PA | independent major in Theatre and Concert Management

The Carmel Family Scholarship and The Gene Zito Scholarship
"The Carmel Family Scholarship and The Gene Zito Scholarship have enabled me to take an active role in my education at Baldwin Wallace University. Without them, I have no clue how I would afford to go to school, and I really appreciate the opportunities that I have been given. They also have given me the chance to meet some great friends and enthusiastic teachers who really care about students. I tell everyone that at the end of the day, I want to be remembered after I graduate from BW, and these scholarships have helped me make a big step towards greatness."
—Kenny Becks | Painesville, Ohio | Sports Management and Public Relations

The Lillian and Larry D. Bibbee Scholarship
"I am honored to be the recipient of The Lillian and Larry D. Bibbee Scholarship. Thanks to your generous support, you are assisting me in realizing my dream of graduating from college. I am a first-generation college student, and it has been one of my life's goals to obtain a college degree. I also am trying to pay for my education by myself, and while I have been successful thus far by working two or three jobs at a time in addition to attending Baldwin Wallace full-time, this scholarship is a tremendous financial help that will allow me to work less so that I can focus on my true passion, my schoolwork."
—Rachel Zacharias | Valley City, Ohio | Neuroscience and Psychology

The Joanne V. and W. Grayson Lappert English Scholarship
"I am honored to be a recipient of the Joanne V. and W. Grayson Lappert English Scholarship. From a young age, my parents have expected me to take responsibility for my actions both in an academic and personal sense, and this responsibility has grown to paying my way for an education. Although thinking about the future is frightening at times, I'm excited to see where my education at BW takes me and what I discover about myself in the process. Thanks to your generous support, I am able to personally afford another year of college."
—Joshua Smalley | Stow, Ohio | Theatre and English