On Wednesday, May 1, John Carroll University President, the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J., announced Forever Carroll, a $100 million campaign focused on funding scholarships for students and enriching the overall quality of the University.
Niehoff delivered the announcement during the End-of-Year Celebration in the Muldoon Atrium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, where students, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni gathered to listen.
“Today we announce that we are investing in our students,” Niehoff said as he addressed the JCU community. He emphasized the importance of preserving the JCU tradition for future generations.
The campaign’s main priority is investing in students by increasing the amount of scholarships that the University offers. Currently, JCU provides scholarships and need-based aid to about 90 percent of students. The campaign plans to dedicate $35 million to scholarships in order to ensure accessible education for all students, including those with limited financial means.
“Our number one goal is to offer promising students the ability to pursue the dream of a college education. Thanks to generous alumni and friends, Forever Carroll is on track to be transformational — allowing us to intellectually and spiritually develop leaders who make a difference in the world for generations to come,” Niehoff said in a press release.
In partnership with JCU, The John Huntington Fund for Education, which provides grants directly to educational institutions in Cuyahoga County in support of scientific and technological scholarships for students, has invested $1.5 million for student scholarships.
The Forever Carroll campaign also aims to focus on three additional priorities: enriching the academic experience, building upon the University’s Jesuit heritage and enhancing the student experience.
Funds from the campaign will be dedicated towards revitalizing established fellowships and internships, creating new faculty development opportunities and professorships, building an endowment to provide more service-learning opportunities, immersion trips and retreats, updating student housing, establishing a 24-hour study area in Grasselli Library and creating more recreational and athletic spaces.
Several notable donors have already dedicated funds to the campaign. Ray Smiley, Class of 1951, and his wife, Eleanor, have committed to funding a $2.5 million endowed chair in business ethics in the Boler School of Business. The University’s Jesuit community has given $1 million to establish the Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J., Endowment for Mission and Identity. Jim McDonough, Class of 1955, and his wife, Jacque, have given $1 million toward helping the University restore recreational and green space on campus.
The University has currently raised $57 million in commitments towards its $100 million goal. The campaign is led by co-chairs Rich and Chris Kramer, Class of 1986, and Laura and Dan Frate, Class of 1983.