Meet Central Donors

Hoo-Rah Day 2023 teaser video

Hoo-Rah Day 2023 Teaser

Show your Central spirit on #HooRahDay, Tuesday, April 11!

Robert “Bob” De Smidt ’61

A Blessing to Others

Robert “Bob” De Smidt ’61 feels blessed and now works to bless others by giving back.

Madilynn Pietzman ’25

Shaping a New Path Forward

The L.A. Garrison Scholarship for the Nontraditional Learner recognizes the potential in Central students. 2021-22 award recipient Madilynn Pietzman ’25 is grateful for the opportunities the scholarship has provided her.

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This Feels Like Home

Home is often a place where people are free to discover who they are and dream about who they want to be. Central College was that place for David ’87 and Cathy Snyders Gray ’88 — and their four children — who all describe Central as “home.”

Dave ’64 and Linda Wesselink pose in front of a canal near the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam on a 2018 trip to the Netherlands.

Investing in International Education

Dave Wesselink ’64 and his family have helped relaunch Central College and its students across the globe with a gift that is making off-campus experiences possible again.

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2021-22 Memorial Gifts

Central College receives numerous gifts in memory of lost classmates, mentors, friends and family members each year. These tributes are a generous and thoughtful way to memorialize someone while also making a difference for new classes of Central students.

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Paying Generosity Forward

Giving is personal, and for recent Central College graduate Trent Swartwoudt ’22, it’s an act of service for the institution he loves. This scholarship recipient turned scholarship donor was moved to pay it forward during his final year at Central because of the incredible generosity from which he benefited.

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Baking a Difference: The Jackson Perkins Education Scholarship

Steven ’01 and Stefanie Bresnahan Perkins ’02 knew their eldest son, Jackson, likely wouldn't be able to attend college after he was diagnosed with autism. The couple decided to endow a scholarship in his name so Jackson's legacy would live at Central College forever.

Justine Jackovich Hines ’13 decided to pursue a career in higher education thanks to her experience as a resident assistant at Central. Hines was one of 11 RAs for Gaass 3rd Center. Pictured in the front row from left to right are Jordan Stevens ’16, Randie Dixon Gist ’16, Hines, Allyson Mann ’16 and Angie Allgood ’16. Pictured in the back row from left to right are Clarissa LaPlante Ruiz ’16, Trisha Smith ’16, Katie Todd ’16, Chelsea Brandt ’15, Ashley Cliff ’16 and Anna Bowser ’16.

The Gift of Monthly Giving

As a first-generation college graduate, Justine Jackovich Hines ’13 knows firsthand the value of giving.

Amber Reysack ’25 working with a microscope in one of Central's science labs.

Life Loves On

The college’s relationship with Fred Maytag and the Fred Maytag Family Foundation has helped shape the experience of students at the college, like Amber Reysack ’25, for generations.

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