Smart Solutions Founder Bill Julka and His Wife, Dr.
Neeraj Julka, Donate $6 Million to CSU.
Gift is CSU’s largest single donation for scholarships in the
University’s 46-year history
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Anand “Bill” Julka, president and founder of Smart Solutions Inc.,
has gifted $6 million to Cleveland State University to support
scholarships for local students pursuing degrees in teaching,
nursing, engineering and computer science. This is the largest
single scholarship gift in the University’s history.
In recognition of Julka’s outstanding generosity, CSU will name its
newly completed College of Education and Human Services building,
Julka Hall. Julka, who earned a master’s degree in industrial
engineering from the University’s Fenn College of Engineering in
1974, credits his success to accessible education. He said he is
passionate that students in the city of Cleveland receive the same
opportunity he had.
“Many students already have economic challenges working against
them,” he said. “But I don’t believe anyone should be denied a good
education simply because they don’t have the money to pay for it.
Cleveland State played a critical role in my life, and the
University continues to be a pivotal part of this community.”
Julka said his donation comes in support of the leadership of
President Ronald Berkman, who has brought a new vision to the
University witnessed by his launch of an on-campus K-12
International Baccalaureate School, an innovative Urban Primary Care
program in conjunction with NEOUCOM and a $40-million north campus
Berkman said that Julka’s gift supports the University’s ongoing
progress by underscoring the value of education throughout the
“In this economy, these scholarship funds are especially significant
so that education can remain a priority for Cleveland families,”
Berkman said. “This gift also will play a critical role in the lives
of many students who otherwise might have missed the opportunity for
an advanced degree.”
Julka immigrated to the United States from India at the age of 22
with a few personal belongings and bachelor’s degree from the Indian
Institute of Technology. He chose CSU’s graduate school because it
offered night classes, which he attended while working days at Eaton
Eleven years later, Julka founded Smart Solutions, a leading
provider of systems integration and networking solutions. Today,
Smart Solutions remains headquartered in Cleveland and serves
customers in all 50 of the United States and in 20 countries around
Throughout his career, Julka has remained active in CSU. He serves
of the Board of the CSU Foundation is a former member of the
Visiting Committee for the College of Liberal Arts and Social
Sciences and College of Education and Human Services. He delivers
guest lectures and helped establish a tutoring program for students
of East High School.
About Cleveland State University
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research
institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning.
With an enrollment of more than 16,000 students, 8 colleges and more
than 250 academic programs, CSU provides a hands-on learning
environment that connects students, ideas and real-world experience.