Goff gift will help deliver dreams

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Bob Goff & Phyllis

Bob Goff ’58 and his wife, Phyllis, are community leaders and proud donors to the SCSU Foundation.

The Goff Scholarship will infuse opportunity into the dreams of St. Cloud State University students for years to come. Targeted at disadvantaged students, it will yield one scholarship a year, with a minimum award of $500. The award may be renewed for one or more years at the discretion of the Office of Cultural Diversity.

Bob Goff ’58 and his wife, Phyllis, used education to achieve their dreams. Bob is the co-founder and co-owner of Goff & Howard, a Minnesota public relations/public affairs firm. Goff & Howard was chosen by the Minnesota Business for Early Learning and Minnesota Work-Life Champions as the 2006 Child-Friendly Employer of the Year, and was named one of the Business Journal’s 2005 Great Places to Work. Phyllis is the retired chief of staff for the president’s office at Hamline University. She serves on the boards of HealthPartners, Penumbra Theatre and Indianhead Council
of the Boy Scouts. She also is co-chair of the advisory committee for the Saint Paul Foundation Facing Race anti-racism initiative.

In May, the Goffs contributed $50,000 to the endowment that bears their name. They’ve pledged another $50,000.

Applicants must be full-time St. Cloud State University undergraduate students participating in the Teachers of Color Program or one of its associated programs, such as Project Bootstrap, Advanced Placement Program or High School Leadership Program. Additional consideration will be given to students who have substantial experience with communities of color and/or students who come from economically disadvantaged areas.

"I am ecstatic about the gift," said Les Green, director of the Office of Cultural Diversity. "It means a revitalization of the Teachers of Color Program."

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