Thursday, October 6, 2011

UIS nearing fundraising goal

The University of Illinois Springfield is very close to its campus fundraising goal of $28 million, Chancellor Susan Koch said Wednesday.

UIS has pledges of $26.5 million, and “it is my goal to put us over the top,” Koch told The State Journal-Register editorial board. “Many people in the community are very supportive of UIS.”

The University of Illinois Foundation's Brilliant Futures fundraising campaign, covering all three U of I campuses, topped its $2.25 billion goal several months early. The foundation, the university’s fundraising arm, said in late September that Brilliant Futures has raised $2.267 billion in donations from graduates, corporations and others. The campaign ends Dec. 31.

While that campaign is ending, the U of I is launching its Presidential Scholarship Initiative to raise $100 million or more over the next three years.

“One of the critical issues for UIS, as is the case for most public university campuses, is ensuring access to a college education for all students who have the desire to learn and the ability to succeed,” Koch said. “For more students to access our excellent University of Illinois degree here in Springfield, we need more scholarships.”

The fundraising effort was featured in an October 6, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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