The Parent Fund offers financial assistance to qualified students that are currently
enrolled at Illinois Wesleyan who lose a parent to death, or a parent has undertaken
a permanent disability.
Many Illinois Wesleyan parents choose to contribute to this fund, making it possible to
award a Parent Grant that helps defray costs for families in need.Illinois Wesleyan recognizes the financial commitment parents make in enrolling their
children, and for that reason any gifts made above and beyond scheduled tuition payments
are greatly appreciated.
It all began during an Illinois Wesleyan football game on November 11, 1960. Charles
W. Merritt, a father of one of the football players, learned that one of his son's
teammates had lost his father suddenly not long before. In an act of generosity and
compassion, Merritt passed a paper bag around the stadium in collection to help the
family with college costs. So began the IWU Parent Fund.
When a family suffers the death or permanent disability of a parent, our Illinois
Wesleyan family extends a helping hand. Since its humble beginnings, the Parent Fund
has supported over 300 young people with financial assistance through the Parent Grant.