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Foundation reaches $5M in gifts to YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — The Marion G. Resch Foundation is now a Penguin Pinnacle Society member at Youngstown State University, having donated more than $5 million in gifts to the university.

The foundation reached the threshold with its most recent gift of $400,000 designated for scholarships in the 2022-23 academic year. Over the past 20 years, these funds have supplied scholarships to approximately 2,500 students.

The Penguin Pinnacle Society is the highest level of recognition a donor of YSU can be bestowed. Other rankings include the Transformation Society, the Stone Bridge Society, the 1908 a, the Trustees Society and the President’s Council.

Marion was a graduate of The Rayen School and Lake Erie College. Her husband, Paul, was a partner at Butler Wick & Co. They were philanthropic throughout their lifetimes, which allowed them to make an impact on the area. She was always interested in education and the youth of the Mahoning Valley. She created her foundation to enable area youth to reach their potential and become influential leaders in the community.

Since 2004, the foundation has awarded more than $18 million to students in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. It was founded in 2000 with the mission of advancing education in primary and secondary schools, technical colleges and higher education institutions.

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