Planning for the Future

He’s helping students construct a career path.
His scholarship is laying the groundwork for success.

Contributing with purpose

When Michelle Patrick, then-dean of West Chester University’s College of Business and Public Management approached George Fasic to secure his partnership in creating a scholarship program, he thought hard about what he wanted to achieve.

“I had a phenomenal career,” George says, “and I benefited greatly from my association with the University and its students. My learning experience there truly improved my professional performance, and establishing this scholarship was a way for me to give back.”

Passionate about planning, George served on the faculty of the Geography & Planning Department from 1982 until his retirement in 2015. During that time, he worked closely with Dr. Dorothy Ives Dewey, a professor of planning and former chair of the department whose collaboration was also integral to the project. Now, the George Fasic Planning Endowment helps inspire students to pursue planning studies and explore a professional planning career.

“Money becomes a timely resource for students,” he says. “It augments limited income and increases self-confidence. And the Foundation monitors the account,” he adds, “So I have confidence that the funds are being spent on education.”

George put himself through school, graduating from Penn State University in 1957. He then financed a master’s degree from Columbia University with a full-time land planning job and funding from the GI Bill, an experience that became an important factor when defining the awarding criteria for his scholarship – recipients must demonstrate service to the University, the department, and/or the community.

“It was a very positive thing because I could apply what I was learning,” George says. “That’s how I learned to be a planner, and that’s what I try to convey to students.”

Connecting students to their coursework was key to George’s teaching. To broaden their knowledge, he asked them to ride public transportation and deliver reports on their experiences. He asked them to analyze changes in the historical sites of downtown West Chester and partnered with the historical society to use QR codes to compare and contrast changes over time.

Students sought him out for recommendations, for help with resumes, jobs searches, interviews, and networking, and he found these relationships fulfilling. Reflecting on this provided George with insight into what he could offer them.

“I didn’t want to just give them a scholarship – I wanted to give them a mentor,” he says. “It has allowed me to see these students – all of whom have potential – actually succeeding”

George Fasic

Former Faculty & Donor
George Fasic Planning Endowment

“I had a phenomenal career, and I benefited greatly from my association with the University and its students. My learning experience there truly improved my professional performance, and establishing this scholarship was a way for me to give back.”

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“I didn’t want to just give them a scholarship – I wanted to give them a mentor,” George says. “It has allowed me to see these students – all of whom have potential – actually succeeding."

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