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Franciscan University Reaches $20 Million Campaign Milestone

The most recent gifts will fund student scholarships

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2009

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STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Franciscan University today reported that its $25 million capital campaign recently reached a significant milestone.

President Father Terence Henry, TOR, announced, “As of November 23, we have raised more than $20 million toward our campaign goal. This puts us ahead of schedule for our campaign benchmarks and surpasses any previous fund-raising effort for the University.”

Most recent gifts have funded student scholarships, enabling the University to help more deserving students receive an authentically Catholic education in a vibrant faith environment. Of the new gifts, the campaign received over $200,000 toward scholarships through the 50th anniversary celebration for Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, University chancellor, held in October.

“In spite of a troubling economy, our benefactors remain tremendously generous, and often at great sacrifice they have continued to support Franciscan University and our mission,” Father Henry said. “I am deeply grateful for their support and prayers, which have made this $20 million milestone possible.”

In addition to scholarships, priorities for the Campaign for Franciscan University include enhancing academic life and enriching the student life experience on campus. Initiatives already funded by this campaign include the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair in Bioethics—the first-ever endowed faculty chair in the University’s history—made possible by a $1.5 million gift from a University trustee; the construction of the new Holy Spirit Friary for the Franciscan priests and brothers who serve as the spiritual leaders of the campus; and the H. Graham Brown, Jr. Fellowship in Catechetics, the gift of another University trustee, which allows the University’s catechetical program to better meet the Church’s need for religious educators.

Father Henry added, “I also want to congratulate our trustees, especially those who serve on our Campaign Cabinet, as well as Michael Hernon, our vice president for Advancement, and his entire staff for their dedication to our Catholic educational mission.”

Located in southeastern Ohio, Franciscan University is a Catholic liberal arts school that integrates strong academic programs and a lively faith environment, educating and forming men and women of hope to be a transforming presence in the Church and the world. Franciscan attracts over 2,400 students from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries with its 40-plus undergraduate and 7 graduate programs, and a popular study abroad program in Austria.

For more information on Franciscan University of Steubenville or the Campaign for Franciscan University, visit or call 800-783-6447.

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