Jean and Donald Massnick met one fall day at a University of Michigan football game where they were attending school. At the time, they had no idea that many years and football games later they would have a family together and ultimately help other students to attend the alma mater they grew to love so much.
Through their estate plan, Donald set up the Jean V. and Donald J. Massnick Scholarship fund. This would ensure that after their lifetimes, the Bay Area Community Foundation would award scholarships to Bay County students pursuing an education at the University of Michigan. Throughout their lives, they gave back by contributing their time and financial resources. Now, that philanthropic mission will continue on in their absence and will be remembered not just by their children and grandchildren but also by the students who receive a scholarship through their generous gift.
In 2016, after her parents had passed away, their daughter Cathy Massnick LaTulip was able to join in their legacy by being a part of the scholarship selection process.
“I had no idea that this journey would continue on in this manner,” she said. “I had to think like my parents but also include my own ideas when reviewing applicants.”
At the Spring 2017 scholarship reception, she was able to meet the first recipient of her parents’ scholarship. Vasili Ioannidis, who plans to study International Studies or Financial Mathematics, said that it will greatly assist him financially while he focuses on his classes. “I appreciate your faith and support in me to reach my goals,” he wrote to Cathy.
Next year, and each year hereafter, the fund will continue to provide scholarships to help students achieve their dreams.
“I love that my parents’ legacy will go on year after year,” Cathy said.