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Donor Stories

You, Old Dominion University donors, create the most important opportunities for the Monarch Community-propelling students to reach their goals and attracting the most extraordinary faculty members. We enjoy sharing the inspiring stories about what motivates donors to give so generously. Learn more about ODU's donors by reading our stories below.

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Former Professor Endows $1.7 million Scholarship in Physical Therapy

It's safe to say that hang gliding landed George Maihafer at Old Dominion 35 years ago. But it was the personal and professional growth he experienced on campus that kept him at the University until his retirement last year. In 2005, Maihafer set up the University's first physical therapy scholarship. He is building on that in his estate planning with a new endowment - the George Maihafer Scholarship in Physical Therapy - that will be valued at about $1.7 million. Read More
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Harry B. Adreon Continues His Wife's Legacy Through a Scholarship

Harry Adreon grew up at the corner of Gates and Colley avenues in Norfolk. With his father working at H.B. Gilpin Company, a wholesale pharmaceutical company, it wasn't surprising that, as a student at Maury High School, Harry was attracted to young Beatrice "Bea" Rice, who planned to become a pharmacist. Read More
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Jeff Tanner, Dean Strome College of Business

“Strome College of Business engages participants in scholarly exploration and active learning, solving business and community challenges in a global arena to accelerate success." -Jeff Tanner, Dean Strome College of Business Read More
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ODU Grads Make A Gift To Help Future Education Students

A native of Norfolk, Jay Kossman graduated from Maury High School and headed to Old Dominion to study political science. About the same time, Jay's future wife, Joyce, graduated from Granby High and was drawn to Old Dominion due to its proximity to home, the cost and her desire to teach. Read More

When I see graduates from our program come up to me and pat me on the back - maybe a grocery store or at a meeting - and tell me how wonderful their life is going and tell me how much they appreciate their education at Old Dominion University - that's gold.

Dr. Geroge C. Maihafer
George Maihafer Scholarship in Physical Therapy