Thompson family makes historic  27M gift for student scholarships

Thompson family makes historic $27M gift for student scholarships

Watch: An open letter to the Thompsons from some of the 1,093 students whose lives have already been changed by their generosity

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BGSU receives largest gift in its history to expand existing Thompson scholarship programs

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.

  • Estee Michelle Miller Estee Michelle Miller
    To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.

  • Jadyn Zayn Cline Jadyn Zayn Cline
    To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.

  • Madyson Gabriele Madyson Gabriele
    To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.

  • Christopher Carter Christopher Carter
    To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.

  • PJ Jones PJ Jones
    To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.

  • Celeste Smith Celeste Smith
    To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.

  • Ebonee Johnson Ebonee Johnson
    To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.

  • Ryan Patrick Ryan Patrick
    To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.

  • Andrew Klingler Andrew Klingler
    To date, Thompson scholarships have supported the education of more than 1,000 students at BGSU. Each scholarship story is one of immeasurable impact.

A BGSU STORY COMES FULL CIRCLE

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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.

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