Purdue University Northwest receives more than $600,000 during 2020 Day of Giving • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Purdue University Northwest receives more than $600,000 during 2020 Day of Giving

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Purdue University Northwest student scholarships and academic programs received a major boost from donors.

During the college’s annual Day of Giving Sept. 9, contributions from more than 360 donors totaled $606,137. The funds will support student scholarships, academic programs, athletics and other strategic initiatives.

The Dean of Students Emergency Assistance Fund “We Care” campaign, which was created by PNW’s Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Institutional Advancement to assist students who are facing challenges presented by the global pandemic, had the most donations, college officials said.

“This considerable support for the ‘We Care’ campaign to support the urgent needs of students shows that despite the challenges of this unique time, our alumni, faculty, staff, and friends came together, with small and large gifts, to help our students,” said Lisa Goodnight, vice chancellor for the college’s institutional advancement. “We truly thank everyone who participated in the PNW Day of Giving. Your donations will directly benefit students who are feeling the greatest impact from the coronavirus pandemic, and those who have financial needs to complete their education.”

Hammond residents Richard and Donelle Weiss added $50,000 to their previous $100,000 gift in support of the athletics strength and conditioning program.

“We like PNW Athletics and their commitment to sport and academics,” Richard Weiss said. “This is our small way of helping.”

Goodnight said many PNW alumni and supporters of Purdue Northwest contributed to the success of Purdue Northwest Day of Giving. Other major gifts included:

  • Robert Milos, a longtime supporter of the PNW College of Nursing, made a $64,000 gift to the College of Nursing with an additional challenge match of up to $15,000 for contributions to the college made during Day of Giving.
  • Horizon Bank gave $50,000 to establish the Robert Dabagia Scholarship Fund in the PNW College of Business.

Gifts received by PNW contributed to a single day giving total exceeding $42 million across the entire Purdue system.


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