Koger, wife establish endowed scholarship for majors on Marietta campus

Ron Koger(Feb. 4, 2019) Longtime Kennesaw State University administrator Dr. Ron Koger, along with his wife Gerre, recently established an endowed scholarship to benefit KSU students on the Marietta campus. The Ron and Gerre Koger Endowed Scholarship provides financial support to a deserving student who is enrolled in either the College of Architecture and Construction Management, the College of Computing and Software Engineering or the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

“You see so many students who need just a little bit more and so we decided to go ahead and create our own scholarship,” Dr. Koger said. “This is the first year it’s been given.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, a Kennesaw State student can be enrolled full or part time as an undergraduate, must hold a minimum grade-point average of 3.2 and have the ability to demonstrate financial need.

Koger currently serves KSU as special assistant to the president on the Marietta campus. In 1997, he was hired at the former Southern Polytechnic State University as vice president for enrollment management. From 2000-14, his duties expanded and he held the title of vice president for student and enrollment services. Koger was interim president of SPSU from June 2014 until January 2015, when consolidation was completed.

Besides the new scholarship, Koger has been a generous donor to Southern Poly and then Kennesaw State for more than 21 years. Recently, he has supported the Science Olympiad, the Department of Athletics’ Owl Fund and the President Lisa Rossbacher Endowed Scholarship.

“We can, so it’s something we ought to do,” Koger said of his and Gerre’s decades of giving.

Koger can be seen with Gerre at events on and off the KSU campuses. They are season-ticket holders for the football and basketball teams, and regularly attend concerts and musicals.

“We almost never watch TV,” Koger said.

Koger with John StastnyThe first recipient of the Ron and Gerre Koger Endowed Scholarship is John Stastny, a senior from Johns Creek, Georgia, who is majoring in civil engineering. Stastny is scheduled to graduate with his Bachelor of Science this spring.

“Having a scholarship available to you is a tremendous amount of help,” Stastny said. “It kind of relieves a lot of stress off your shoulders. It’s a rewarding experience showing that the hard work you do in school pays off.

“My experience here at Kennesaw State and with the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering (and Engineering Technology) has been phenomenal. They’ve really prepared me well for the real world and the (Principles and Practice of Engineering) exam I’ll be taking, which is a big deal for a civil engineer.”

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