Kelsall's generosity to be recognized at Scholarship Endowment Dinner
She might be 93 years old, but Ann Kelsall has the wit, energy, and enthusiasm of a 39 year-old.
Ann, who was born in Newark, New Jersey and lived in New Jersey for 65 years, has lived in Crete for the last 28 years - the majority of that time at Doane Village. Although she did not graduate from Doane and doesn’t have any relatives that went to the university, Ann has developed a very strong connection to Doane since moving to Crete.
“Over the years I’ve seen what a fine education you get at Doane,” she says. “I want to help the students as much as I can.”
Ann was first introduced to Doane by living in Doane Village, but she also audited history classes at the college for the first seven years she lived in Crete. As someone who went to college during World War II, she appreciates how the educational experience has evolved over the years.
Her generosity with Doane has been ongoing for the past two decades-plus, and will be recognized and celebrated Thursday night at Doane’s Scholarship Endowment Dinner. The Advancement Office is hosting the event, which recognizes donors who have set up an endowed scholarship at the university.
To set up an endowed scholarship, a minimum of $25,000 must be given to the university. Details of the scholarship can come at the donor’s discretion, such as what type of student they would like to receive the scholarship (major, hometown, activities involved in, etc.) and how much money will be given each year.
At Doane, there are currently over 250 endowed scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $11,000 this academic year. Ann has set up an endowed scholarship with preference to students who are juniors and seniors that are participating in various music programs but are not majoring in music.
“I want to help someone who is going to have a well-rounded education and an interest in something outside of their field,” she says. “I believe in the liberal arts education.”
Ann is one of an expected 70 donors and students to be in attendance at the dinner Thursday evening. The Scholarship Endowment Dinner is a rare opportunity for students to connect in person with donors that have generously given back to the university and are helping relieve their cost of tuition.
“I think this is a very valuable event because I haven’t had a case yet where bringing a donor and the recipient together hasn’t been positive,” said Marty Fye, vice president for advancement.
Dan Meyer, Director of Planned Giving at Doane, has developed a strong friendship with Ann over the years. The two met at an estate seminar in Arizona and have been in contact ever since.
“Ann is a very generous person,” Meyer said. “She is a big believer of Doane and absolutely loves the music programs.”
The second annual Scholarship Endowment Dinner will take place at 7:00pm Thursday inside Perry Memorial Campus Center.