Generous $1 Million Gift to Support Graduate Students

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An anonymous faculty member and spouse have committed $1 million to support graduate students at the College of Design.

“It is impressive to see how a faculty member’s dedication to teaching and mentoring can result in a significant gift that will be life-changing for many students, years and years into the future. I am delighted and grateful to this generous couple for the confidence in the college that this gift demonstrates,” said Dean Carol Strohecker.

The donation, a future commitment, is one of the largest received through the Driven by Design campaign and will support graphic design and apparel design graduate students who work closely with faculty through an assistantship in one of those areas.

“This is a generous, heartfelt investment in future scholars and a wonderful example of nurturing the value of graduate education,” said Design, Housing, and Apparel Department Head Elizabeth Bye. “Because the fund will be a perpetual endowment, generations of students will complete their studies with less financial stress — all thanks to this wonderful gift.”

Wishing to remain anonymous, the donors hope that this gesture will lead by example, to encourage the habit of charitable giving among alumni, staff, and fellow faculty. The donors envision this beneficent habit persisting beyond the current Driven campaign’s faculty and staff giving initiative. Perhaps this wonderful endowment will inspire more giving among all College of Design employees, both active and retired.

Learn more about faculty and staff giving opportunities.


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