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IMPACT Magazine: Stories of Generosity and Opportunity at ASU

Arizona State University supporters, the Mary Lou Fulton Teaches College and an Arizona school district tackle an urgent need.

Poetic genius

ASU’s newest MacArthur Fellow believes language has a physical energy.

Green justice
An ASU graduate creates community in her neighborhood, one tree at a time.
Give and go
Soccer coach Steve Adams helps refugee children set their sights on college.

In good hands

Melissa Cody, artist in residence at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, weaves an intricate rug in a photo taken by Nicole Neri, a junior in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The photo is part of a collection for which Neri received the Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Award, part of an endowment established by Troy and Betsy Crowder, of Arizona, to honor their son, Greg, a Cronkite alumnus and photojournalist who died in 2005.


Your passion will follow. ASU supporters help students find success and happiness.

ASU and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust share a sense of stewardship to the people of Arizona.

Make sure to get your photo in front of ASU’s iconic pitchfork.

Forks Up!

Generosity ensures we will continue to learn from this UNESCO World Heritage site.

ASU, volunteers and donors help fill a gap.
Gathering Humanity
Thanks to an anonymous donor, a food business incubator continues to aid women and minority-owned enterprises.


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 Lionel E. Rombach

As president and CEO of Special Olympics Arizona, Jamie Heckerman oversees programs that empower people with disabilities to experience the joy of sports. Heckerman (’09) earned a degree in therapeutic recreation, attending ASU on the Lionel E. Rombach Scholarship. Rombach, a civil servant in the Pima County probation department, lived a simple life so that he could give away as much money as possible. “He owned few possessions, got as much wear as he could out of his clothing and ate a sparse diet…,” wrote the Arizona Daily Star upon his death in 2008. He gave so generously, the IRS audited him after his giving exceeded 50 percent of his income.

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 Marshall Parke

Now in its 10th year, the Thunderbird SHARE Fellowship offers promising talent from developing countries the opportunity to take control of their future — and the future of their home regions — through a full scholarship to ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. The fellowship has funded 59 scholarships for students from 30 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The inspiration for the program began with Marshall Parke (’77), who works in private equity and investing and whose career took him to myriad emerging markets. Parke realized that earning a degree is half the battle for students from those countries. He founded the alumni-supported fellowship to include access to strong networks and professional mentoring. Fungai Madaza (’17) from Zimbabwe summarized her experience with SHARE: “In Africa, we have a famous proverb: ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ SHARE has been my village.”

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 Deborah Carstens

When ASU supporter Deborah Carstens learned that the GI Bill places a cap on benefits, precluding some U.S. veterans from pursuing a law degree, she wanted to help. Carstens, whose late husband, Bill, was a lawyer and ex-Marine, funded a scholarship program that offers up to four full-ride scholarships, with two reserved for Marine Corps veterans and two for veterans of special operations forces. Former Marines Christopher Senn and Conner Pursell, who is in the Reserves, received the first awards to attend ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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 Matt Consalvo

A gift from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service equips students in Barrett, The Honors College to pursue scholarly work in urban planning and fields focusing on the future of real estate. The ARMLS, which aggregates data on properties for sale or lease, will fund an honors scholarship, says Matt Consalvo, its CEO. It will also help students with real estate-related research.