Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Judy Genshaft, husband to donate $1 million to USF

TAMPA — University of South Florida students may soon have a new benefactor as they study abroad: USF president Judy Genshaft.

Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, announced Friday they will donate $1 million to USF over the next five years for scholarships designed to aid students studying in other countries. The gift is eligible for matching state funds, ultimately creating a $1.75 million endowment for the scholarships.

The aid will apply to any USF-sanctioned program, from winter-break projects in the Dominican Republic to semesters abroad in China. The school will award the scholarships largely based on student essays, aiming to aid those who otherwise would not be able to study abroad because of the cost.

Genshaft told a USF audience Friday morning that experience abroad is essential to a well-rounded education, particularly in today's world.

"Increasingly, employers tell us that they want to hire graduates that are prepared to work in the global marketplace," she said. "It is our duty to prepare students to be competitive and successful in the globalized future."

Amanda Maurer, director of USF education abroad, said the donation comes at a critical time. This summer, her office has less than $20,000 to offer for scholarships.

Danish Ahmad, 27, a fourth-year USF medical student, said one of those previous scholarships enabled him to study in India. But competition for the scholarship was fierce, he said, so the president's gift will open the world to many more students.

"Just about everyone in the medical school wants to go abroad at some point, and the biggest barrier for them to travel abroad is the expenses," he said. "We can't work jobs while we're here and the majority of our money and funding for med school itself comes from loans."

USF spokeswoman Vickie Chachere said the endowment's interest will fund the scholarships for decades. "Twenty-five years from now kids will still be traveling on the proceeds from this money," she said.

In December, USF awarded Genshaft with a new five-year contract, under which she will earn $470,00 per year. With bonuses, her yearly salary can increase to $745,000. She also sits on the board of Fresh Mark, a meat supplier her family operates in Ohio. Greenbaum is a freelance marketing consultant.

Genshaft has been USF president since 2000. Before Friday's announcement, Genshaft and Greenbaum had donated more than $400,000 to the school, according to USF officials.

Jack Nicas can be reached at (813) 226-3401 or jnicas@sptimes.com.

Judy Genshaft, husband to donate $1 million to USF 02/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 10:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trump sprinkles political attacks into Scout Jamboree speech

    GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Ahead of President Donald Trump's appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering's official blog: Fully hydrate. Be "courteous" and "kind." And avoid the kind of divisive chants heard during the 2016 campaign such as "build …

    President Donald Trump addresses the Boy Scouts of America's 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va., July 24, 2017. [New York Times]
  2. Trump, seething about attorney general, speculates about firing Sessions, sources say

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

  3. John McCain to return to Senate for health care vote

    WASHINGTON — The Senate plans to vote Tuesday to try to advance a sweeping rewrite of the nation's health-care laws with the last-minute arrival of Sen. John McCain — but tough talk from President Donald Trump won no new public support from skeptical GOP senators for the flagging effort that all but …

  4. Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies

    Tourism

    ORLANDO — The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company's San Antonio, Texas, park, SeaWorld said.

    Thet orca Takara helps guide her newborn, Kyara, to the water's surface at SeaWorld San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, in April. Kyara was the final killer whale born under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program. The Orlando-based company says 3-month-old Kyara died Monday. [Chris Gotshall/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment via AP]
  5. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.