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Mandel Foundation awards challenge grant to support scholarship campaign honoring retiring dean

As Grover “Cleve” Gilmore prepares for retirement as dean of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the Mandel Foundation is recognizing his accomplishments through a $250,000 challenge grant to the Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore Scholarship Campaign at Case Western Reserve University.

Grover C. Gilmore
Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore

The funds will support scholarships for Mandel School students, increasing access for exceptional students no matter their financial status and reducing the burden of tuition debt that students incur in order to gain the benefits of a high-quality education.

The foundation grant will match—dollar for dollar up to $250,000 total—gifts toward Mandel School scholarships donated between now and June 30. All scholarship donations received through June 30 will be counted toward the Dean Gilmore Scholarship Campaign goal of $1 million. Already, the campaign has received $300,000 in support.

The Mandel Foundation began its support of the Mandel School more than 44 years ago with a grant for a construction project. In the intervening years, the foundation founders—Jack, Joseph and Mort—continued their financial support of the institution. The sustained financial support of the Mandel Foundation for annual scholarship funds has been a gift, not only to Mandel School students, but also to the field of social work. The Mandel School is grateful to the Mandel Foundation Board and its leaders—Stephen H. Hoffman, chairman of the board, and Jehuda Reinharz, president and CEO—for continuing the generous support.

After 20 years of leadership as dean of the Mandel School, and 46 years as a member of the university’s faculty, Gilmore will retire June 30. In 2013, the Mandel Foundation endowed the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences chair for the Mandel School, and Gilmore was the first educator to hold this title.

In his time as dean, Gilmore has been integral to numerous university successes—positioning the Mandel School for educational excellence, innovation, enhanced financial security and distinguished service. Under Gilmore’s leadership, the Mandel School has consistently ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 social work schools in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio.

To participate in the tribute activities for Gilmore, such as helping the Mandel School reach its $1 million scholarship goal for the Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore Scholarship Campaign, attending the May 6 Dean Gilmore Legacy of Leadership Celebration or sending best retirement wishes, visit case.edu/socialwork/DeanGilmoreLegacy.