Honoring Friendship through Scholarship
Michael and LeAnn Gillette meet with Sen. John and Annie Glenn at the National Archives in 2002.
By Joan Slattery Wall
When Michael Gillette was director of the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., a staff member for Sen. John Glenn sought his advice about what to do with Glenn’s senate and space records and memorabilia.
Join the Gillettes in supporting Glenn College student scholarships by giving to the student support fund, which awards thousands of dollars in support each year, or contact Stephanie Mohr, senior development officer, at 614-292-8758 to discuss ways to establish your own named current use or endowed scholarship fund.
“Our kids are out of college now, the house is paid for, we’re both retired. We’ve reached a stage in life where we don’t have lot of crying financial needs,” Michael Gillette said. “We really believe in the college and particularly what first Charlie Wise and now (Dean) Trevor (Brown) have done to put the college at the very front of schools of public affairs, emerging as one of the leading schools in the country and beyond.”
Glenn College graduate Leslie Gant established a scholarship for the college’s Washington Academic Internship Program, supporting a student whose goal is to make a difference in people’s lives.
“He did engineer that with the Navy as only he could have done and informed us the next meeting would be in San Diego and include one of the nation’s most modern aircraft carriers,” Michael Gillette said.
The board, including John and Annie Glenn, flew 80 miles out into the Pacific Ocean and landed on the USS John C. Stennis, named after a senate colleague of Glenn’s.
“We spent the whole day watching takeoffs and landings from the carrier, and of course the sailors were thrilled to have John Glenn visit,” he said. “It was a big day for everyone aboard.”