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Fr. Jonathan Announces $1M Gift To College

December 14, 2012

Barbara LeBlanc
College Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of Saint Anselm College, announced that two longtime friends of the College have made a gift of $1 million to support scholarships and campus improvements.  This generous couple has asked to remain anonymous.

The greatest part of the gift will provide financial aid for academically talented students of limited financial means, who may also come from at-risk communities. Part of the gift will establish an endowed scholarship to assist deserving students in perpetuity, and part will support annual scholarships through our new Impact Now fundraising model. This new approach to fundraising enables donors to designate their gifts to the College priorities that interest them the most.

The gift also will fund the renovation and beautification of the Quad in front of Alumni Hall. This project, which is part of the campus master plan, will involve a new platform around the statue of Saint Anselm, new plantings, re-grading and perhaps a new walkway or two.

"News of such generosity is welcome at any time of the year, but I am sure you agree it has special resonance today, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas and to welcome in a New Year," Father Jonathan said.

"I am deeply grateful to these donors for their commitment to our Anselmian mission. Because of them, our community will be enriched by extraordinary, young men and women who otherwise, perhaps, could not afford a Saint Anselm education. And we will welcome them as freshmen and send them off as graduates from a Quad even more beautiful and inviting than the space that is so central to our campus today," he said.