Trustee, wife establish scholarship for students in need

Schnabl ScholarshipAndré Schnabl, a member of the Kennesaw State University Board of Trustees, and his wife, Denny Marcus, have established a scholarship to support KSU students who are receiving services from the University’s Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Center.

The André Schnabl and Denny Marcus Endowed Scholarship is need-based for students associated with Kennesaw State’s CARE Center, which offers support to those who have experienced homelessness, food insecurity and/or the foster care system. Under the direction of Marcy Stidum, the CARE Center provides both on- and off-campus resources, operates the campus food pantry, provides personal care items, and assists in accessing temporary and/or permanent housing.

“Over the past year, both Denny and I knew that we wanted to make a gift to KSU,” Schnabl said. “There are so many opportunities to make a difference on campus; it can be difficult to navigate the various options.

“When we heard about the gravity of student homelessness, we were shocked. This is simply not a topic that we were exposed to. When Colin (Byrne, a KSU director of development) suggested a visit to the CARE Center, we jumped at it. Spending a little time with Marcy made the decision to support the predicament of homeless students an easy one. We are so grateful to all that have helped guide us to this point.”

A trustee since 2009, Schnabl currently serves the KSU Foundation as chair of the Audit Committee, vice chair for the Finance and Compensation Committee, and is a part of the Executive Committee. 

Presently, Schnabl is principal and managing director for Tenor Capital Partners LLC, a boutique investment bank that focuses exclusively on employee stock ownership plans. Before that, he spent more than 38 years as managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s Atlanta office.

Marcus shares her husband’s passion for what the CARE Center does and has volunteered at women’s and homeless shelters for many years.