Transformative Gifts

What do transformative gifts do for KSU? They provide scholarships, erect new buildings, fund museums, sponsor lectures series, endow chairs, purchase land for the university, establish research and service centers, improve and expand athletic facilities and beautify the campus. What else do they do? They create lasting partnerships with the community so that we grow and develop together.


KSU Foundation
The Kennesaw Junior College Foundation began in April of 1969 to help raise funds for student scholarships and provide programmatic support for the young college.
First Endowment
The earliest endowment on record, the Margaret Giles Garrison Scholarship , was established in 1972 by KSU Foundation Chairman Robert T. Garrison and his siblings in memory of their mother.
Tino Bequest
In August 2007, the KSU Foundation received its largest bequest donation to date from the will of Mrs. Thelma Ramsey Tino. Mrs. Tino’s gift of $419,375.24 funded two endowed scholarships (one in the College of Science and Math and one in the Bagwell College of Education) in memory of Mrs. Tino's late husband, Mr. Hubert W. Tino. Mr. Tino was an executive with Lockheed Martin who died in 1978 at age 55.
The Marcus Foundation
This gift has helped KSU build one of the largest Holocaust museums and educational programs in the nation. In 2005, Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education received a five-year grant in the amount of $589,000, and the university served 647,080 people during that grant cycle. In 2010, the grant was renewed for three years for $389,400, and the MHHE served more than 450,000 people. In 2013, the Marcus Foundation made a third gift to the MHHE of $300,000 for three years to help the museum continue to expand its successful outreach program for K-12 students. The total gift of $1,278,400 has helped serve more than a million people.
Prillaman Hall
A retired senior vice president of Caraustar Industries, Prillaman and his wife, Lil, have dedicated their time to enriching the lives of others through community service.
WellStar College
The tremendous partnership KSU has enjoyed with WellStar Health System began in 1996 and now includes mentorship and internship programs for KSU faculty and students and gifts for nursing scholarships. In 2002, the WellStar College of Health and Human Services was named in celebration of their $2 million contribution to educating future health care professionals at KSU.
Clary Lecture Series
In November 1989, an anonymous gift of over $100,000 in honor of retired Toccoa banker W. C. Clary, Jr., established the Clary Lecture Series at KSC. At the time, this was the largest individual anonymous gift the college had ever received.
First Endowed Chairs
In September 1990, Jack and Mary Dinos pledged $250,000 to endow the Chair of Private Enterprise in the business department. Mr. Dinos was a newly retired CEO of Southern Tea Company. At the time this was the largest single gift from an individual or couple. In 1994, the Board of Regents approved the Tony and Jack Dinos Chair of Entrepreneurial Management funded by a $300,000 gift to the KSC Foundation.
Jolley Lodge
A generous gift of $200,000 from Lex and LeoDelle Jolley in 1991 provided funding for the construction of a 3,000-square-foot retreat facility on campus, which opened in 1993 as the Jolley Lodge. The Jolley Family and the LeoDelle Lassiter Jolley Foundation have subsequently given numerous generous gifts to support renovation and garden enhancements in the lodge as well as the construction of the Zuckerman Art Museum.
Bagwell College
In 1996, the College of Education was named the Clarice and Leland Bagwell College of education in recognition of the KSU Foundation’s largest gift to date – 680 acres of land in Bartow County, a gift valued at $1.9 million – given in their behalf. Leland Bagwell was a chemistry teacher for three years in Canton before going into private business. Clarice taught special education in Cherokee County for many years. She served for three years as president of the Georgia Parent-Teacher Association and six years on the Board of Directors of the National PTA. Their son Tommy is an active KSU Foundation Trustee and continues to generously support KSU as his parents did.