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TU alumni of all generations, along with students, parents, faculty and friends are rising to the challenge, and our Rising Heroes honor roll continues to grow.

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Stories that Inspire

A chance encounter reconnected Tom Beyard ‘77 with TU, resulting in $1M gift. Tom found a passion in giving to TU women's basketball and the athletic program and, as a result, has become an ambassador for Tiger Athletics.

Tom Beyard

“When I think about my legacy at TU—it is my mentors who moved me to give back. It’s a privilege. Being civically engaged in the community makes you think about how to help those who come after you. My gift funds Model UN, conferences and research positions for students.”

Lauren Cahalan ’18

“The reason I want to help others is rooted in my family background. My story is the epitome of the American dream. I see where my family came from, where I am now, and I see others in need. To ignore it just doesn’t sit right.”

David Diaz ’99

“It’s just part of giving back—because of the success in life I have enjoyed. We are proud to do it.”

John Schuerholz ’62 ‘07 and Karen Schuerholz

“I thought that it was the right time to make a substantial commitment to TU’s future and hope it inspires others to support TU. My goal is that a fellow alum will quickly follow my gift with an even larger gift.”

Fran Soistman, Jr. ’79, ’15 (Hon)

Tom Beyard with the RISE shape
Lauren Cahalan with RISE shape
David Diaz with RISE shape
John and Karen Schuerholz with the RISE shape
Fran Soistman standing with the RISE shape

Rising Heroes

Tom Beyard standing

Tom Beyard ’77

A $1 million bequest from Tom Beyard ’77 endows a new athletics scholarship and supports the women’s basketball program.

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Dr. Nancy Grasmick

Dr. Nancy Grasmick

Towson University launches the Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute, an interdisciplinary, engaged research and practice institute, in summer 2021.

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Fran Soistman standing

Fran Soistman Jr. ’79

The recent $5.4 million gift from Fran Soistman Jr. ’79 will support athletics, the health professions, business & economics and equity, diversity and inclusion at TU.

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Roberta and Greg Kahlert

Roberta and Greg Kahlert

A $3 million grant from the Kahlert Foundation will support TU’s preeminence in preparing teachers and health care professionals.

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Gerhard VonHauenschild

Gerhard VonHauenschild Ph.D. ’74

A $1 million bequest from Gerhard VonHauenschild ’74 will support biology majors who need financial assistance to complete their degrees.

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Eddie Loh

A $1 million planned gift from retired physics professor Eddie Loh, the largest planned faculty gift in TU’s history, funds scholarships for TU physics students.

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