DePaul University’s president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., said today that the university has received a $1 million challenge grant for scholarships from Harrison Steans, a life trustee and longtime DePaul supporter. He made the announcement during a kick-off celebration and picnic marking the start of the Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign for DePaul University on the school’s Lincoln Park Campus.
The Steans family will match any individual gift up to $10,000, dollar for dollar, made to scholarships during the Steans Challenge for Scholarships, which ends Dec. 31, 2010.
“DePaul students are an inspiring group of young people,” Steans says. “In fact, they are the inspiration for this fundraising campaign. Each comes with his or her own dream and it is the mission of DePaul, as it has been since the university’s founding, to help fulfill those dreams.”
The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign—the school’s first major campaign in almost 40 years and its largest ever – seeks to raise $250 million by June 30, 2014. Some $100 million of that total will be used to secure support for scholarships, helping to ensure that a college education is available to future generations of talented DePaul students.
“Our students work hard to achieve their dreams as they balance academics, work, and service to the community,” says Mary Dempsey, chair of DePaul’s Board of Trustees and commissioner of the Chicago Public Library. “More than 80 percent work full time while pursuing their degrees, and a similar number rely on financial aid to underwrite their education. We are very grateful to Harrison Steans for this important and impactful gift.”
For more information or to make a gift online, visit campaign.depaul.edu/steanschallenge.