The GSBA Blog


Donor Profile: Sandy Peterson

by Mark Rosén, VP of Development & Corporate Relations
| Apr 13, 2017

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In 2016 Sandy Peterson, along with husband Glenn, sister Carolyn, and brother-in-law Steve, became the first ally to create a GSBA named Endowment Fund. The Theodore & Rosemarie Ockels Memorial Scholarship honors her parents and their dedication to education and social justice.

Sandy says, “our parents taught us by example. Treating people of all backgrounds with compassion, empathy, encouragement, and fairness was a given in our household.   Opening our home to those who didn’t have one was a ritual that turned routine, ending up with countless individuals, regardless of their struggles, being embraced and accepted into the greater definition of family. 

“It was this importance of inclusiveness and extended family in Ted and Rosie’s lives – and ours – that aligned so well with the mission statement of GSBA and its educational endowments. At some of GSBA’s events, we heard students talk about their families closing the door to them just because of sexual orientation, leaving them locked out without support networks, guidance toward adulthood or the sense of community that makes us all feel whole. If they (Theodore and Rosemarie) were alive today, they would advocate for the outreach and structure that GSBA provides these students as they grab the reins of their lives and forge their own paths. We hope that, with the help of this scholarship – and the love, support and guidance of the extended GSBA family – these students will use their education as their own driving force of social transformation and work toward a more just society.”

Sandy and her family are a crucial part of the GSBA donor community who carry on the work of the Scholarship Fund and its mission to invest in future leaders who make the world more just and equitable for all. Their investment makes it possible to offer the GSBA Guarantee, which means that the Scholarship Fund will support a student for up to 4 years, until they walk across the stage with diploma in hand. It also is helping fund the new Lead Bold initiative and the Leadership Academy which goes beyond the tuition dollar to invest further in the success of our scholars by offering a leadership immersion weekend with expert educators sharing vital skills to insure the student’s persistence to graduation and success beyond. By creating a legacy, Sandy has thought about the lasting investment she is making for future generations and to that end she has also included the Scholarship Fund in her estate plan.


If you would like to know more about how you can be part of the community of support and help make a difference now and in the future, please contact Mark Rosén, VP of Development & Corporate Relations.