Duane Bonifer  |   Published October 24, 2016

$1 million gift

Monmouth alumna makes donation to endow scholarships
  • Professors like Eric Engstrom (pictured) invest in students throughout their time at Monmouth College. A $1 million gift to endow scholarships will make such opportunities available to more students for years to come.
Monmouth College has received a $1 million gift to endow scholarships at the liberal arts college.

The $1 million gift is from a graduate who is also a longtime supporter of the College. She said she made the gift because of the positive experiences she had while a student at Monmouth.

“I went from a very large high school, where I was uncomfortable, to a small college, where I was welcomed by students as well as the faculty,” she said. “Coming to Monmouth was a happy change from high school.”

The donor said that she was particularly impressed by the Monmouth faculty.

“I feel like the professors were invested in the students,” she said. “I truly felt accepted at Monmouth, and I wanted to make that opportunity available to more students.”

Monmouth President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt said the $1 million gift is a great example of a graduate giving back to her alma mater.

“This incredible act of generosity will change the lives of hundreds of future Monmouth students,” Wyatt said.

Wyatt said the $1 million gift also addresses two of the College’s biggest needs – endowment growth and scholarship aid.

“Monmouth has a proud tradition of being a college of high opportunity that welcomes a diverse student body,” Wyatt said. “A big reason we continue to be a place that attracts highly motivated students from all backgrounds is because we have a base of alumni and friends who are committed to providing scholarship support by building our endowment.”

The donor of the $1 million gift spent a career working in a helping profession. She said she is pleased her gift will help future generations of Monmouth students.

“I think there is a need for colleges like Monmouth. Some people don’t want to be in one of those huge places when they go to college,” she said. “So I think it’s important to provide scholarship help for students.”

Founded in 1853, Monmouth College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college of 1,200 students. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the birthplace of the women’s fraternity movement, the college offers 34 majors, 33 minors, 18 pre-professional programs, and two innovative Triads in Global Food Security and Global Public Health.
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