Scholarships to Support Students of Promise

VALPO IS FOR WOMEN AND MEN OF CHARACTER, STUDENTS OF PROMISE, WHO HAVE A PROPENSITY TO LEAD AND A DESIRE TO SERVE

Endowed scholarship funds will make it possible for us to say “yes” to more of the students for whom this University is a perfect match. Your support will help change the lives of countless young women and men, enabling deserving students from across the socioeconomic spectrum to attend Valpo, to flourish at Valpo, and to follow generations of Valpo alumni into lives of compassionate leadership in all walks of life.

Goal: $120,000,000

Donor support to endowed funds makes these possible …

Valparaiso University Receives Historic $15 Million Gift for Student Scholarships

Valparaiso University has received a landmark $15 million deferred gift commitment from anonymous donors to establish an endowed fund for student scholarships. The commitment is the single largest gift for student scholarships in Valpo’s 161-year history and among the largest gifts to Forever Valpo: The Campaign for Our Future.

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Scholarship Honors Parents, Supports Students

When Ruth Bussert ’65 Gibbs and her brother, Joel Bussert ’67, established the Luella and Walter Bussert Endowed Scholarship, they were honoring their parents and providing scholarship support to Valpo students. Dig a little deeper on why they created the fund.

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Business Professorship and Scholarship Endowment

Valparaiso University alumnus Michael “Mike” Gruszyk ’85 has generously committed $1.3 million to fund an endowed professorship and a scholarship in the College of Business. 

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This is what faith does

Faith sustained Beverly “Bev” Ulbricht ’50 when she boarded a train from Lyle, Washington, in August 1946 and headed for Valparaiso to attend a university more than 2,000 miles from home.

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$2 Million Gift to Valpo Increases Scholarship Funds

A gift of $2 million to Valparaiso University from the estate of Henry and June Giebel will significantly impact the long-standing Study Abroad relationship between Valpo and Germany. The gift will double the funding of two previously established endowed scholarship funds that, to date, have been awarded to more than 80 students.

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Conrad Scholars

Valparaiso University announces the establishment of the Conrad Scholars, made possible by the generosity of Linnea Conrad ’84 Roberts and the Roberts Foundation.

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Valparaiso University alumni Julie Tiede ’96 Winkler and Jason Winkler ’96 have generously committed $500,000 to fund endowed scholarships for students in the College of Business and College of Engineering.

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Femovich Scholarships for Women Student-Athletes

Women student-athletes at Valparaiso University will benefit from an endowed scholarship fund established by Carolyn Schlie ’71 Femovich and Bob Femovich.

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Zimmermans Support Multiple Areas

Valparaiso University alumni Sue Heitmuller ’70 Zimmerman and Larry Zimmerman ’70 have committed $625,000 to fund multiple areas of interest at Valparaiso University.

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Umbach Family Scholarship

Valparaiso University has received a gift of $1.8 million from the estate of Stephanie E. Umbach ’59, longtime assistant professor of library services. She designated her gift to establish the Umbach Family Endowed Scholarship Fund.

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Zech Creates Scholarship for Wounded Vets and Family

Valparaiso University students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and suffered significant wounds or disabilities during their service will be eligible to receive scholarship support thanks to the generosity of alumni Ron Zech ’65 and Gisela Gerber ’66 Zech, who recently passed away.

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Study Abroad Scholarship Funded

Valparaiso University students who participate in Study Abroad programs will be eligible to receive scholarship support thanks to the generosity of alumni Kathleen ’82 and Robert ’82 Hansen.

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AVERY DAVIS ’16 was active in his high school music program in Gary, Ind., and intended to study music in college. After a visit to his school by Valpo’s Jianyun Meng, director of the Confucius Institute, Avery saw his future a little differently.

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TYLER SANFT ’16 first visited the Valparaiso University campus when his eighth-grade basketball team competed in the National Lutheran Basketball Tournament of Champions at the Athletics-Recreation Center. From that time in March 2008, he knew he wanted to attend Valpo.

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For VANESA ABAD ’18 the start of her college career was filled with transitions. While a junior at Lake Zurich High School, she committed to play soccer at The Ohio State University. During the spring semester of her freshman year, she was faced with significant scheduling conflicts when nursing clinicals coincided with the four-hour blocks of practice time.

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ANDREW NUNEMAKER ’91 has established an endowed fund to assist students faced with emergency situations so severe that it threatens their Valpo academic careers. The Andy Nunemaker Emergency Scholarship Assistance Fund will provide flexible scholarship funds to be awarded in confidentiality, upon the review and approval of the president of Valparaiso University.

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