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At this time of year, we gather with loved ones to reflect upon the joys and blessings of life. The Stritch family is filled with gratitude for our alumni, benefactors and partners who help carry on the mission of our beloved University.

There are thousands of individuals, families, businesses and organizations that share their time, talent and treasure and enrich our University. Generous financial support affords us the opportunity to educate a new generation of students who will succeed and lead in a diverse and ever-changing world. Their belief in our mission allows us to provide access to the transformational experience of a Stritch education.

Each year donors partner with Stritch to advance our mission. Philanthropic investment in our institution comes from individuals, corporations and foundations. While I am unable to list them all, I would like to highlight a few:

This fall we received a $75,000 grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to support Mission Fuel, the University’s nonprofit accelerator program. As a result, Stritch will launch Cohort 2 of Mission Fuel in January 2019. Participants learn how to develop and implement strategies to diversify revenue streams and become more entrepreneurial, which results in a more sustainable future for the communities they serve.

Stritch was also awarded a grant through Thriving in Ministry, an initiative of Lilly Endowment Inc. The $618,891 grant will fund the Collaborative Parish Leadership Project, supporting dynamic leadership for changing Catholic parish communities.

Trustee Emeritus James Loughlin and his wife, Dorothy, established an endowed scholarship to support military veterans and first responders. This scholarship will be awarded to a military veteran or those currently engaged in military service; an immediate family member of a veteran or active service member; or a student majoring in criminal justice.
The Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation is funding five scholarships for sociology majors in honor of professor  Dr. Marilyn Schmit, who played an active role in persuading alumna Margaret Kasch, ’86, to pursue a double major in sociology and psychology.

Judy Linsley, ’96, a member of the College of Education and Leadership Advisory Council, and her husband, Dan, value how Stritch welcomes adult learners and established a scholarship for students aged 25 and older pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Dan also appreciated the Stritch Experience internship program, which provides qualified students participating in an unpaid internship experience a stipend. The Linsleys generously supported both funding opportunities which will benefit our students.

Every day in countless ways, we carry on the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, who founded St. Clare College in 1937. These dedicated women demonstrated a spirit of perseverance that continues to inspire us today. Every member of the Stritch family is vital to keeping the Sisters’ legacy alive.

At President Kathleen A. Rinehart’s inauguration in October, we celebrated the rich 81-year history of Stritch and embarked on a new chapter that holds great promise. As we undertake the work before us, we remain grateful for all those who help us create a bright future.

Tonya M. Mantilla, ’10
Vice President, University Advancement