Robert and Alivia Lipson Endowed Arts Scholarship established

With the stroke of a pen Monday morning‚ outstanding students of Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts got the opportunity to further their studies‚ thanks to a scholarship named after two of the college’s biggest supporters.

Georgia (Feb 5, 2007) — With the stroke of a pen Monday morning‚ outstanding students of Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts got the opportunity to further their studies‚ thanks to a scholarship named after two of the college’s biggest supporters.

Officials signed an agreement to establish the Robert and Alivia Lipson Endowed Arts Scholarship for students of Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts.

The scholarship is named for the late Robert A. Lipson‚ president and CEO of WellStar Health System‚ and his wife‚ Alivia “Livvy” Kazer Lipson‚ who are both long−time supporters of KSU and the College of the Arts. Lipson passed away in November 2006‚ just weeks after an exhibition of his photography opened at KSU.

Mrs. Lipson and their daughter‚ Rachel Ellen Lipson‚ joined Daniel S. Papp‚ president of Kennesaw State in the signing ceremony at Kennesaw Hall‚ along with Joseph Meeks‚ dean of the College of the Arts‚ and Wesley Wicker‚ vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the KSU Foundation.

“As we take a look back at Livvy and Rob’s friendship and collaboration with Kennesaw State and the arts‚ we’re so proud and so pleased that they are a part of our family‚” Papp said.

“They exemplify what it means to be friends of the arts‚” Meeks said. “Not only did they give to us financially‚ but they were interested in what we're doing.”

The scholarship is funded by money generated from the college’s annual benefit gala. The Lipsons have attended every gala since its inception in 2002‚ even just hours after returning from an overseas trip.

“Rob and Livvy could literally get off the plane at five in the afternoon‚ and they would still be at our event‚” Meeks said. “That's true friendship‚ and true interest.”

The scholarship will provide financial assistance to a student enrolled in the College of the Arts at KSU‚ and may be used for tuition‚ fees and/or related educational or living expenses. In order to qualify for the scholarship‚ a student must be enrolled full time at KSU‚ have a declared major in the College of the Arts‚ be listed in good academic standing and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

The Robert and Alivia Lipson Scholarship is endowed at $20‚000.

An avid photographer‚ Lipson’s photography was featured during a month−long exhibit at KSU’s Sturgis Library Gallery. The 48−piece collection included vivid color photographs he snapped over a 35−year period.

Another exhibition of Lipson’s photography is anticipated later this year at Kennesaw State‚ in remembrance and celebration of his life and work.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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