Local university welcomes gift of $1.5 million

Cedarville University has received a $1.5 million gift.

The Greene County university, in the midst of a strategic 10-year master plan, received the gift from the estate of Helen Z. Elbin, the university announced Thursday.

“The gift will be used to provide scholarships for students and help fund the university’s chapel program,” Cedarville said. “The scholarships will go through the Helen Elbin Trust Endowed Scholarship.”

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The university described Elbin as “a long-time friend of Cedarville University and its former radio station, WCDR.”

“Her gift is a tribute to her relationships with Cedarville students through her church, and the ministry of the radio station,” Cedarville said in a release. “From these connections, she developed a passion to help college students prepare for their life service through ministry and quality higher education.”

Elbin died in June 2018 at the age of 91. She lived in West Jefferson, Ohio, the university said.

“We are grateful for the life of Helen Elbin, and for her long-standing commitment to Cedarville University,” Thomas White, Cedarville president, said in the release. “Her estate gift will have eternal impact as students are provided financial resources to be able to enroll and their lives are transformed through Cedarville’s excellent education and intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority.”

Founded in 1887, Cedarville University is a Baptist institution with 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study.

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