Opening the door for KSU students to experience the world

KENNESAW, Ga. | Oct 25, 2023

A recent trip to KSU Italy in Montepulciano inspires long-time supporters Andre Schnable and Denny Marcus to endow scholarship.

“As an immigrant myself, I feel strongly about the importance of education, but also experiencing other cultures, being exposed to diverse opinions and developing a global awareness,” Schnabl said.

Schnabl, a trustee for the KSU Foundation, and his wife, Denny Marcus, have pledged $50,000 to establish the Andre Schnabl and Denny Marcus Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship.

The scholarship will provide financial support to students associated with Kennesaw State’s Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services and Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) programs, enabling them to take advantage of opportunities to travel abroad.

Andre Schnabl and Denny Marcus with KSU Leadership

“Through their generous support and leadership, Andre and Denny have positively impacted the lives of many students,” said Dr. Eric Arneson, Vice President for Student Affairs. “Their passion and genuine care for the well-being and success of our most vulnerable students inspires all of us and make our students feel that they matter and can succeed in college.”

“We feel like studying abroad is an invaluable opportunity because it allows students to experience something outside of their comfort zone and exposes them to a global worldview that they can return to campus and share with others,” Schnabl explained.

Schnabl and Marcus have been instrumental in supporting the success of students at Kennesaw State over the years through their service to the University, endowing two scholarships and providing financial support for CARE Services.

The couple attributes their continued support to the impact they know their gifts will have at KSU.

“Kennesaw State has always been so welcoming to the work we’re striving to do here,” said Marcus. “Just as the University has become one of the leading institutions in our state over the last 20 years, it will be a delight to look back in a decade to see how much further KSU has reached.”

Schnabl added, “The stories we hear from the students at KSU who are fighting a little harder to graduate are truly uplifting, and knowing we can help them be successful is more of an honor than generosity.”

– By Elyssa Reed
Photo by Matt Yung

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