Your generosity can change the world. Because of donors like you, students gain the freedom and support to explore their gifts and talents, grow their confidence and achieve more than they ever dreamed. The world needs more Augustana graduates. You help make that possible.
The Gerber Grand Challenge in Philanthropy is a commitment made by alumnus Murry Gerber '75 for $40 million endowed financial aid for high-achieving students from low income backgrounds. Funds from the Gerber Grand Challenge then fuel Augustana Possible, a bold new financial aid program that meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for qualifying newly enrolled students.
The commitment by Murry Gerber requires the college to find other donors interested in support of today’s and tomorrow’s Augustana students. Murray committed his $40 million, and the commitment outlines the gift as a dollar-for-dollar match until the full match has been achieved. Learn how to get involved.
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Your gifts support passionate curiosity.
Joel Padgett, a 2021 graduate pursuing Ph.D in geology at University of Calgary has this to say about the Augustana experience:
"I never thought that I’d be a certified SCUBA diver or recreational drone pilot, that I’d travel to Europe and the Caribbean. I never thought that I’d have a job that pays me to talk about writing, and I never thought I’d get to make music with some of the most incredible musicians I have ever met. And yet, in four short years, I did all that and so much more."
Augustana College is a good investment for low-income students, according to "The Colleges Where Low-Income Students Get the Highest ROI," a new report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.