Maryann and Larry Kennedy
Educating Future Pharmacists—Inspiring Philanthropy
Maryann and Larry Kennedy
A $400 annual scholarship received more than 40 years ago from the local Kiwanis Club opened the door to an education that changed the trajectory of Maryann Kennedy’s (’78) life. “I was deeply touched that someone outside of my immediate family believed enough in me to invest in my future,” said Maryann. “I found such strength and motivation in what other people were willing to do for me.” She always remembered that simple act of generosity and chose to do the same for future pharmacy students.
Maryann received the scholarship to help her attend The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She recently retired as the director of the CardioMetabolism Medical Science Liaisons at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. Along with her husband Larry, a retired hall of fame master consultant with Searle, they are inspiring a new generation of students while easing their financial burden.
Over the past several years they have grown the Maryann Z. and Lawrence D. Kennedy Scholarship Fund in Pharmacy by donating significant gifts of appreciated stock to fund a charitable gift annuity (CGA). The CGA enables them to fulfill their goal of educating future pharmacists while supplementing their retirement income and reducing their tax burden.
“Maryann and Larry Kennedy’s generosity helps us become the best and most affordable college in the country,” said Dean Henry Mann at a recent College of Pharmacy luncheon to celebrate the Kennedys’ generosity. “We are honored and grateful for their continued commitment to the future of the college and the profession.”
With more than 100 students in attendance, scholarship recipient Courtney Hamilton (’14) thanked the Kennedys during the luncheon. “This scholarship has offered me limitless opportunities that allow me to become an advocate for the profession, shape the future of pharmacy, and improve patient care,” said Courtney. Prior to receiving the scholarship, she worked two jobs and constantly worried about having enough money to fund her education. The scholarship removed her worry and shifted her focus to becoming an active student and volunteer.
Raised in a blue-collar family, Maryann acknowledges her Ohio State education as vital to her professional success and credits her parents for the values that taught her to share her blessings with others. “Larry and I are very fortunate, and my mother always reminded me of the importance of spreading our good fortune with others,” said Maryann. “My father was so proud of our support of the pharmacy educational process at Ohio State. Before he passed away last year, he loved to listen as I read the thank you notes from the scholarship recipients.”
A total of 24 students have received a scholarship from the Kennedy endowment thus far. “Our hope is that the reach of the scholarships grows exponentially and goes way beyond these students,” said Larry. “Every patient and person they encounter will have a richer, fuller life because of their professional expertise.”
Just as Maryann was strengthened by the $400 scholarship she received, the Kennedys hope that the recipients of their scholarship will feel as inspired to give back to the college and bring their philanthropic intentions full circle. “There is a giving option to meet everyone’s needs,” said Maryann. “Ohio State can help you find the best way to directly support the area you choose while also achieving your financial goals. Our CGA was a perfect solution for us to maximize our dreams for generations of students at Ohio State and the College of Pharmacy.”
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