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About Us

The Canton Student Loan Foundation provides low-interest student loans for Stark County graduates. Our founders wanted to make earning a degree a reality for local students. Today, our donors, Board members and staff carry on this tradition by developing, maintaining and loaning a revolving pool of funds. As students pay back their loans, these funds go back into the pool. We loan these funds again, and the work of the Foundation continues.

The Foundation is under the conscientious oversight of our dedicated Board members. Our staff, Kim Leggett, executive director, and executive assistants Sandy Hartsel and Lori Lapp, guide applicants and recipients through the loan process.



Board Officers
Lee Ann Thorn, President
Lynn Hamilton, Past President
Michael Gallina, Vice President
JoAnn Smith, Secretary
George Downes, Treasurer

Trustees
James Abbott William Hoover Kathleen Poporad
Robert Belden Cynthia Horne Mary Beth Reynolds
Julie Bland David Johnson Joann Smith
Christopher Burr James Ladson Gretchen Tucker-See
Dennis Fulmer Drew Luntz Joyce Niffenegger, Emerita
Michael Gallina Judi Malinowski Robert Henderson, Honorary
Kendra Hillmer Susan March George May, Jr., Honorary