BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Thirty-three new named Illinois Wesleyan scholarships were announced
at the 18th annual Scholarship Benefactor Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 16. The dinner,
which brings together named scholarship recipients and their donors, is a celebration
of the philanthropy that enables the University to provide more than $34 million in
financial aid each year to about nine in 10 Wesleyan students.
"The willingness of alumni and friends to help meet the financial needs of current
students is a proud tradition at Illinois Wesleyan," said President Richard F. Wilson.
"We are indebted to those who were honored at this dinner and to all those over the
years who have made the dream of an Illinois Wesleyan education possible for so many
of our students and their families."
Speaking on behalf of all scholarship recipients, Heather Prasse '16 spoke about how
important financial assistance was to her, and how she would not have been able to
attend Illinois Wesleyan were it not for the Promise Scholarship that she receives
from benefactors Susan '77 and Herb Getz '77.
The Scholarship Benefactor Dinner filled the Young Main Lounge at the Memorial Center
with about 200 scholarship recipients and benefactors, which was one of the largest
gatherings in the event's history.
The named scholarships announced are part of the University's $125 million Transforming Lives fundraising campaign, which concluded on July 31. A key priority for the fund-raising
effort was to add $30 million in student scholarship support. The total amount raised
in the campaign, which began in 2009, will be announced at the end of October.
Named scholarships are typically directed to students with high financial need and
donors often designate an academic program area, hometown, group affiliation or other
attribute of the scholarship recipient they would like to support. Named scholarships
can be funded annually or in perpetuity through an endowment.
The tradition of naming scholarships at Illinois Wesleyan dates back to 1893 when
the Board of Trustees chose to honor those contributing $1,000 or more. In 1895 the
first named scholarships were designated honoring William W. Anderson of Taylorville
and Martha Elzina Cameron of Greenville.