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About Us

The Canton Student Loan Foundation was established in 1922 and provides low-interest student loans for Stark County graduates. Our founders wanted to make education and training after high school 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, executive director Kimberly  Leggett, financial director Lori Lapp, and administrative assistant, Alice Haught, guide applicants and recipients through the loan process.

Board Officers

Joann Smith, President 
Michael Gallina, Past President 
Kathleen Poporad, Vice President 
Christopher Burr, Secretary 
George Downes, Treasurer



Mary Beddell

Robert Belden

Samuel Dorto, Jr.

Brent Fatzinger

Dennis Fulmer

Mary Beth Green

Jordan Greenwald

William Hoover

Andrew Luntz

Judith Malinowski

Susan March

​Lee Ann Thorn

​​Gretchen Tucker

Amber Wallace

       Robert Henderson,  Honorary Trustee         George W. May, Jr.,  Honorary Trustee

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