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Legacy Gift Impact

The impact of legacy gifts can be seen around campus.  These gifts have provided meaningful recognition for alumni, donors, friends, faculty, and staff and enhanced the Indiana State experience of our students in perpetuity.  The gifts highlighted below are only a smattering of the donors that have influenced the University’s growth and success.


Retired Terre Haute business owner, Don Scott fondly remembers the former federal building downtown, as he routinely visited the site’s postal boxes to collect his mail. Now known as Federal Hall on the Indiana State University campus, this historic downtown building underwent a more than $20 million transformation to become the new home for the Scott College of Business.

Don and his wife, Susan’s (Templeton) commitment in support of the college and its move to Federal Hall was among the largest philanthropic gifts in University history. In recognition of the Scotts’ gift, the ISU Board of Trustees voted to name it the Donald W. Scott College of Business. Federal Hall first opened in August 2011.


As a professor in Indiana State’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Dr. Sudipto Roy knows the impact of the education they provide and how it prepares students for careers in the criminal justice field.

His planned gift of an endowed professorship ensures that the department has the dedicated, experienced faculty it needs to be on the forefront of one of the most dynamic and fastest growing fields of study in the nation.


The Spears have touched the lives of the ISU community as students, alumni, faculty and donors. Beverly and her late husband, Richard, ISU professor emeritus of health and safety, established an endowed scholarship in memory of their son and University alumnus, Rick. Following her husband’s death, Beverly established a department award and scholarship in his memory. She then supported the construction of the Student Recreation Center by providing funds to name the Richard D. Spear Executive Conference Room and Rick H. Spear Juice Bar. Beverly’s generosity has created a Sycamore legacy for the family and has provided additional resources for health and safety education at Indiana State.

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For more than a decade, Scott College of Business students have benefited from the Gongaware Center for Insurance Management Development and Gongaware Scholars Program. Donald and Patricia Gongaware’s commitment to making ISU’s insurance and risk management program a top collegiate program was realized with their $5 million gift to the program.

The Gongaware Center and scholarship are highly competitive programs that attract top students pursuing insurance and risk management degrees at Indiana State. The program is responsible for helping students build the technical, operational and leadership skills necessary to succeed in the industry and in the communities in which they live.


The Bayh College of Education’s Norma and William Grosjean Clinic’s reception area is named in honor of emeritus professor, Dr. Michele Boyer. The Dr. Michele C. Boyer Clinic Reception Foyer pays tribute to Dr. Boyer’s 25-year career at Indiana State and her role as chair and professor of the department of communication disorders and counseling, school and educational psychology.

Symbolizing the connection the department has with the Wabash Valley community, this welcoming space embodies Dr. Boyer’s spirit in welcoming community residents to campus and providing them with the same counseling, school psychology and speech-language therapy services as provided to our students and faculty.

Dr. Boyer’s colleagues, former students and friends were responsible for naming the foyer and establishing the Michele C. Boyer Student Development Legacy Fund in honor of her retirement. Additionally, Dr. Boyer has made plans to support Indiana State and the Student Development Legacy Fund through her estate.