YSU grad awards $1 million gift to university

The money will used to fund a scholarship and initiatives to help students succeed

Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The city of Youngstown and Youngstown State University gave Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata more that just an education. She said her time in the Valley made her a well-rounded person, instilling family values and a hard work ethic.

Living now in Clevelend, her ties to the area are apparent in her work as vice chairman of the YSU Foundation and now through a $ 1 million gift she presented to university officials on Monday.

Linsalata grew up on Youngstown’s west side and graduated from Chaney High School. She later earned a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from YSU.

The $1 million gift will be used to help fund initiatives to student success and fund a scholarship Linsalata set up in 2003 through the YSU Foundaiton.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to support YSU and the YSU Foundation with this gift. The initiatives that YSU President Jim Tressel and YSU Foundation President Paul McFadden have launched will take this university to the next level of scholarship, professional training for its students, and community impact,” Linsalata said.

Linsalata said she credits her parents and YSU for leading her to where she is today.

Linsalata also sits on the board for Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital.

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