Meet Central Donors

Colleen Messenger '99

You Can Make a Commitment Now

Colleen Rogers Messenger ’99 chose an easy way to give back to Central through the beneficiary designation of her retirement account.

Fulfilling Her Parents’ Dream

Gloria Montiel ’23, a first-generation farm girl from Columbus Junction, Iowa, reflects on her time at Central College and how it has opened paths for her future. Montiel acknowledges her Central experience would not have been possible without donors who contribute to scholarships. Learn more about the Journey Scholarship Fund and see how impactful your gift can be.

Hoo-Rah Day 2023 Highlights Video

Hoo-Rah Day 2023 Highlights

Best. Hoo-Rah Day. Ever! Check out highlights from #HooRahDay 2023!

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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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