Bequest Increases Funds for CAP Scholarship
A typical architectural student, Ron Menze (B. Arch '79) was immersed in the all-consuming curriculum of the architecture program at the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP). Extracurricular activities were not in the scheme for this Fort Wayne native - just books, projects, and a lot of hard work to get to the goal of graduation.
This nose-to-the-grindstone approach continued after Ron left Ball State. After working in Atlanta for two years he returned to work for a firm in his hometown, becoming partner in 1991 at Morrison Kattman Menze, an award-winning architecture, planning, and interior design practice in downtown Fort Wayne. The firm's specialties include hospitals, medical office space, libraries, education, and designs for aging.
"I have enjoyed seeing our firm have steady growth even in the tough economy," Ron says.
Many Ball State alumni also work at the firm, including all the partners. To give back to the institution that helped build their company and careers, Morrison Kattman Menze established an endowed student scholarship to support CAP students in 1993.
On a personal level, Ron has consistently made annual gifts to CAP since graduation, but he wanted to take it a step further. A bequest in his will was the next logical step.
"A larger gift is possible with my bequest," says Ron, whose estate gift will help increase the firm's endowment fund. "With a bequest I can still acknowledge my current needs while also recognizing Ball State as a huge influence in my life. CAP and Ball State have been an integral part of my success. I wish to share that success and those achievements now and in the future."
Ron says he found it quite simple to make a gift with the Ball State University Foundation, having many good resources for his consideration. Of course, he also worked closely with his professional advisor to come up with an estate plan that fulfilled both his financial and philanthropic goals.
"Ultimately, it is your decision. It is all about the planning ... something that architects should appreciate," he says.