Cleveland State University receives $1 million gift for engineering scholarships

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University has received a $1 million gift from Donald and Pamela Washkewicz for engineering scholarships.

The announcement on Friday occurred during the dedication of a new engineering facility, Donald E. Washkewicz Hall.

The building, made possible by a combined $20 million gift from the Washkewiczes and the Parker Hannifin Foundation, will include teaching and research laboratories, simulation labs for computer modeling, student collaboration spaces and smart classrooms.

“I am extraordinarily pleased to be here today with Don and Pam Washkewicz to celebrate the dedication of this tremendous new resource for our students, our university and the broader community,” President Ronald Berkman said in a news release. “I also want to thank the Washkewiczes for their latest gift, which will further educational opportunity for all and support our next generation of engineers and business leaders.”

The building also will feature the Dan T. Moore MakerSpace, where students can transform their ideas into reality using state-of-the art technology, and the Parker Hannifin Human Motion and Control Lab, which is developing innovative orthotics and prosthetics to assist people with mobility issues. The facility was financed through a public-private partnership, through capital funds provided by the state of Ohio. Additional support was provided by Moore and the estate of Frederick H. Ray.

The Washkewicz Scholars Program provides full academic scholarships for undergraduate students in an engineering discipline, including civil, mechanical, electrical, computer or chemical engineering.

“We hope the additional support we are announcing today will enable the CSU engineering program to do even more to make engineering a core driver of job growth and economic opportunity in the region,” Donald Washkewicz said in the release.

Donald Washkewicz graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from CSU in 1972 and joined Parker Hannifin in the same year. He rose through the ranks to ultimately serve as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, retiring in 2016. In recognition of Donald and Pamela Washkewicz’s significant contributions to CSU, the university named the College of Engineering in their honor.