University Dedicates the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Wilkes University has received significant financial support to benefit its graduate creative writing program. Given by local businessman and philanthropist Richard Maslow, of Dallas, Pa., and Naples, Fla., the gift will be used to enhance the creative writing program through innovative classes and workshops, student scholarships, faculty development, and expanded programming for the community at large.
In Maslow's honor, the program was renamed the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing during a ceremony held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 23, in the Henry Student Center.
"Wilkes University thanks Dick Maslow for his vision in giving this gift to the graduate creative writing program, which now will bear the Maslow name," said University President Patrick F. Leahy. "This investment continues his lifelong commitment to the arts and reflects his enthusiasm for a program that has generated incredible student success. His generosity is a vote of confidence in the future of this program and arts education at Wilkes University."
Maslow is the former CEO of InterMetro and the founder of the Maslow Family Foundation, which funds programs in the arts, education, special needs education and other charitable giving. The Maslow family financially supports the Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series at Wilkes, held twice a year to coincide with the creative writing program's biannual campus residency. They also support the Frances and Louise Maslow Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to worthy students majoring in engineering or business administration.
"My family has a deep appreciation for the arts," said Melanie Maslow-Kern, daughter of Richard Maslow and board of trustee member at Wilkes University. "We know that the Wilkes creative writing program is like no other, and we're excited to see how this gift provides new opportunities for students to realize their writing dreams."
Creative writing program director Bonnie Culver said the gift provides valuable programmatic support to aspiring writers who come to Wilkes to develop their craft, learn the business of writing, and earn their master of arts and master of fine arts degree.
"The entire creative writing community joins me in thanking the Maslow family for their support. With their dedication to the arts, represented in this generous gift, we can open up more opportunities for students to hone their craft, provide resources for faculty passion projects, and continue our mission of becoming one of the best creative writing programs in the country."