Recently, Timothy M. and Jayne N. Donahue, John Carroll alumni, donated one of the largest gifts to date toward the “Forever Carroll” campaign. The donation of $6 million has pushed the fundraising total to $86 million, only $14 million shy of its overall goal. The most recent contribution has been dedicated to scholarship and merit-aid in hopes of making the university more affordable.
The goals of the Forever Carroll campaign are based on four pillars: investing in students, enriching the academic experience, building on the Jesuit heritage and enhancing the student experience. The pillar to which the Donahue family donated is focused on providing financially needy yet gifted students with scholarships to assist them in paying tuition. The Donahues’ generosity is a gift that comes at a perfect time, because John Carroll’s tuition is set to rise next semester.
Compared to many universities, John Carroll is an expensive institution. The cost of tuition has now peaked at $48,100 for an on-campus student and $37,180 for a commuter student. For most, having to pay such fees without the help of scholarships and merit-based grants would make achieving their own goals of graduating from such an institution nearly impossible. By donating toward scholarships, the Donahue family will help students receive an exceptional education that will prepare them for leadership in business, public service and professions.
The donation is not only generous, but it also shows support for the JCU community by its former members. The Donahue family is truly living out the Jesuit mission by giving back to a university that has impacted their own lives. It is the duty of current students to honor them by living out the four pillars both in and out of the classroom.