Students enjoying campus in the fall

Because it was
a new world

Tom and Mirta Gonzalez Prior, ’72

Coming from Cleveland to Kent State in the late 1960s, Mirta discovered a new world just down the road from Cleveland.

Coming from Cleveland to Kent State in the late 1960s, Mirta Gonzalez Prior, ’72, discovered a world unlike the gloomy confines of her youth. She instantly fell in love — with the beautiful campus, but also with the diversity of people she met. One of those students was her future husband, Tom, ’71, a hard working student who also juggled classes and employment as he toiled toward a degree.

The couple succeeded in achieving their education dreams — so they understand how difficult it is for students to complete their degrees amid financial difficulties. They’ve pledged the bulk of their estate to endow dozens of new scholarships. Tom and Mirta want the next generation of students to have fewer obstacles than they did — but Mirta also wants to honor the place where she had one of the most wonderful experiences of her life, a place that “opened up a new world.”