Harold Gersh discovered a hidden passion for classical music while a student at UMKC, and now he's giving other students the opportunity to enrich their lives through a UMKC education.
Harold Gersh credits UMKC for some of his most rewarding life experiences. "Without its support I wouldn't have been able to enjoy such a full life," he says.
Harold was required to take a music appreciation course as a UMKC undergraduate. If the decision were left to him, he might have skipped it. "Because I was exposed to classical music at UMKC, I discovered a passion for it," Harold says. "To this day, I listen to it frequently and serve as a volunteer usher at the Kansas City Symphony."
Education Is the Key
Harold believes education is the key to a satisfying life. After completing his master's at UMKC, he spent 38 years as a teacher and guidance counselor, always encouraging his students to expand their horizons. "It was important to me that they learn, just as I did, how subjects outside their chosen field can lead to personal enrichment."
Harold continues to find ways to inspire students. He recently made an estate gift commitment of $500,000 to fund scholarships for secondary education students in the UMKC School of Education. "The education I received at UMKC greatly contributed to my ability to lead a fulfilling life," he says. "I believe in living modestly, and I'm excited that my lifestyle has enabled me to create a scholarship fund for future generations of educators."
Through his scholarship commitment, Harold hopes to help make a UMKC education accessible to all students. "I want to help open doors to students with financial need."
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