PILLARS is a grant program created by Linda Petrosino, Dean Emeritus of the BGSU College of Health and Human Services, designed to provide financial support to College of Health and Human Services students. The grants are funded by annual financial contributions from alumni and friends of the College of Health and Human Services. The fund was renamed the Linda Petrosino Pillars Fund in 2012 upon her retirement.
What your donation means to BGSU students
No donation is too small to make a difference. 100% of donations go directly to supporting BGSU students. With your help and generosity, our students can experience professional development opportunities that will allow them to network with professionals in their field, enhance their resumes and graduate school applications, and learn and grow as aspiring professionals. By donating to the Pillars Fund, you are investing in our future gerontologists, doctors, nurses, dieticians, social workers, speech language pathologists, and health and human services professionals who will impact the lives of thousands of people.
Students may use a Pillars Grant to fund any of the following:
Travel expenses to present research at professional conferences or other educational opportunities such as workshops, lectures, symposia, etc.;
Extraordinary expenses or fees related to research opportunities, clinical placements, field experiences and internships;
Extraordinary expenses associated with master’s thesis and dissertation research or other research projects;
Extraordinary and/or emergency funding to help students meet their educational expenses.
BGSU students impacted by the PILLARS grant
Last year we were able to provide Pillars grants to 18 BGSU students:
Megan Andrews - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Elizabeth Bedell - Public Health
Maria Dahlinghaus - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Taylor Darr - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Emily Diekema - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Allie Doriot FN - Food & Nutrition
Taylor Lechner - Food & Nutrition
Brianna Reinhard - Food & Nutrition
Patrick Tomko - Food & Nutrition
Chelsea Van Vickle - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Lauren Yacapraro - Dietetics
Amanda Spangenberg - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Tess Lohse - Social Work
Dale Summers - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Christel Ciolino - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Elizabeth Richley - Communication Sciences & Disorders
With your help, we can support even more students.
Choose a giving level
No donation is too small to make a difference! A $10 donation could provide a meal for a BGSU student during a conference.
The Pillars Fund is made possible through the efforts of former Dean Linda Petrosino. By sharing in her commitment to making a difference and donating $1000, you could cover conference registration fees for as many as five BGSU students.