PSU Shenango Alum Gift Provides Emergency Support for Students

SHARON, Pa. — A gift made by a Penn State Shenango alumnus will help provide emergency support for students with unforeseen financial difficulties.

William “Bill” Casey made a $100,000 gift to endow the Casey Miller Bridge to Success Fund in memory of Thomas A. Casey, Donald K. Miller, Gary R. Miller and Janet Miller Casey – late family members who also attended Penn State.

“I am incredibly proud to assist the region’s students and honor my late wife and family in this way,” Casey said. “Penn State Shenango has created extraordinary opportunities for me, both personally and professionally, and I am thrilled to help provide those same experiences for talented undergraduates experiencing financial hardship, who may not otherwise be able to complete their degrees.”

As undergraduates at the Shenango campus continue to navigate challenges including COVID-19 pandemic, the Casey Miller Bridge to Success Fund will provide vital assistance for students experiencing emergencies like loss of employment or a loved one, according to a release. For many students, unexpected hardships often require exhausting funds they have reserved for tuition, textbooks, and even transportation to and from campus.

The fund will empower the recipients to focus on their academic goals, instead of educational debt, by covering travel costs, providing a semester of scholarship support and addressing other urgent needs, according to the release.

Monies from the fund will be awarded at the chancellor’s discretion in consultation with student aid officers to minimize the time between applications and awarding, and create a direct line of support for students with immediate needs. The fund’s flexible structure allows donors and alumni to add their support to the fund at any time through their own gifts, regardless of the amount they wish to contribute.

“Through his outstanding generosity, Bill has helped us build a critical safety net for students facing difficult personal setbacks,” said Jo Anne Carrick, campus director for Penn State Shenango. “Our campus community has displayed a profound resilience in overcoming many of the challenges we’ve faced in recent months, and we are grateful to have resources at our disposal that will help students continue on their way to graduation.”

Casey graduated in 1973 from the College of the Liberal Arts with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare, and is currently president emeritus of Warren Glass and Paint in Youngstown, Ohio. Casey is now in phased retirement. His son, Gary Casey, manages the business full time. In addition to establishing the Casey Miller Bridge to Success Fund, Casey has also supported Penn State Shenango’s 50th anniversary scholarship, as well as the campus’s Future Fund.

Through the Casey Miller Bridge to Success Fund, Casey honors his late wife, Janet Miller Casey, whom he met at Penn State Shenango and who graduated with a degree in social welfare in 1973. Other late family members honored include his uncle, Tom Casey; Don Miller, Casey’s father-in-law; and Gary Miller, Casey’s brother-in-law, who perished in a vehicular accident in 1966 during his time as an undergraduate at Penn State.

This gift advances A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a focused campaign that seeks to elevate Penn State’s position as a leading public university in a world defined by rapid change and global connections, according to the release.

With the support of alumni and friends, A Greater Penn State seeks to fulfill the three key imperatives of a 21st century public university: keeping the doors to higher education open to hardworking students regardless of financial well-being; creating transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impacting the world by serving communities and fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more about A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, visit

Pictured: William Casey and his family. (Image: Casey family)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.