The $27 million gift from philanthropists Robert and Ellen (Bowen) Thompson will provide thousands of future students with greater access to a BGSU education through life-changing scholarships that support students from working families, military backgrounds and high-potential students with significant financial need.
THE LIVES CHANGED
To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.
THE THOMPSON SCHOLARSHIPS
The Thompsons have been longtime supporters of scholarships at BGSU, already having given millions before this historic gift. Learn more about their scholarship programs, which include a requirement the University match the $5,000 awarded to each Thompson Working Families scholar annually, dollar for dollar, in addition to meeting other benchmarks, including ensuring that 80% of program participants graduate.
Bowling Green State University has named the historic heart of its campus the Bowen-Thompson Quadrangle in honor of the University’s most generous philanthropists.
The University’s first Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the Thompsons in recognition of their commitment to their alma mater and to the future of BGSU.
A Plymouth, Michigan, couple has given $3 million to Bowling Green State University for a project underway to expand and renovate the University's Student Union.