Meet Central Donors

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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.

Paul Poppen ’69

Supporting Social Justice Work

Since he was a young boy, Paul Poppen ’69 knew he was going to attend Central College. Now his generosity allows others to fulfill their dreams of attending Central.

Jeff McMartin’90,(left), along with his daughters, Emily and Caroline ’24, and wife Laurie Rieken McMartin ’90.

“I Love This College”

Even as he was coaching elsewhere, Central College wasn’t far from the mind of Jeff McMartin '90.

Rev. Edwin ’51 and Luella Rozeboom Mulder ’51

A Legacy of Love and Scholarships

Central College always held a special place in the hearts of Rev. Edwin ’51 and Luella Rozeboom Mulder ’51.

Celebrate 10 years of the Journey Scholarship Fund

Journey Scholarship Celebration – 2021

To celebrate 10 years of the Journey Scholarship Fund, we invited 10 scholarship recipients to share the impact it's had on their lives.

Photo of the newly-renovated women's locker room.

It’s About the Relationships

Central is a family affair for Curt ’88 and Mary Holden Blythe ’90.

Splitscreen photo of Tom Reinbold, alongside his daughter Allison Reinbold ’20

“Endless Possibilities for My Daughter”

Tom is a proud parent of Central alumna Allison Reinbold '20. He says Central College has grown Allison into a confident, well-rounded individual with endless opportunities for her future.

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