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Cedarville Receives $1.5 Million Estate Gift

by Mark Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

Cedarville University, in the midst of a strategic 10-year master plan, received a $1.5 million gift from the estate of Helen Z. Elbin. The gift will be used to provide scholarships for students and help fund the university’s chapel program. The scholarships will go through the Helen Elbin Trust Endowed Scholarship.

Helen Elbin has been a long-time friend of Cedarville University and its former radio station, WCDR. Her gift is a tribute to her relationships with Cedarville students through her church, and the ministry of the radio station. From these connections, she developed a passion to help college students prepare for their life service through ministry and quality higher education. She lived on her farm in West Jefferson, Ohio.

— Thomas White

“We are grateful for the life of Helen Elbin, and for her long-standing commitment to Cedarville University,” said Thomas White, president. “Her estate gift will have eternal impact as students are provided financial resources to be able to enroll and their lives are transformed through Cedarville's excellent education and intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority."

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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