A Small Business Owner Gives Back to Her Alma Mater

Cathy Peters and her husband Phil, co-owners of PuroClean of Western Reserve, recently sponsored a book scholarship for Kent State University Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Academic Center students.

Cathy previously worked at the Geauga Campus as a business officer. She oversaw both financial aid and the bookstore. Her time working on campus with students and faculty both allowed and inspired her to pursue an MBA.

“I started taking classes part-time, around one a semester, and then went full-time in 2003,” Cathy states. “Being on campus was both rewarding and an exciting step for my professional career, and I wanted to relieve the burden of book expenses for another student pursuing his or her education.”

Starting the PuroClean Book Scholarship was a natural fit for Cathy, who remembered students coming into the bookstore with coins to buy the books they required for classes. Students of Kent State will be able to apply for the scholarship in the Spring 2022 semester. The scholarship will award one student $1,000 to go towards their textbooks for the academic year.

Driven by her passion to give back, the PuroClean book scholarship is just one avenue where Cathy makes a difference in her community. In the past, PuroClean of Western Reserve has sponsored and arranged numerous events for Habitat for Humanity, an international non-profit organization that assists people in finding and improving housing. Cathy’s commitment to her community doesn’t end there; she is also a strong supporter of local baseball teams as well as the Chardon Fire Department. 

“We want to assist in connecting students to our local businesses,” said Cathy, “I also want to let other businesses know they can do it too, help students, by starting scholarships.” 

To learn more about the scholarship and eligibility, visit www.kent.edu/geauga/geauga-campus-scholarship-criteria.