Gifts to Loras Mean So Much to Students

The Challenge Match for Student Aid initiative is possible thanks to an anonymous $500,000 challenge gift from a fellow Duhawk supporter. The donor is challenging Loras alumni, family and friends to match the gift $1:$1 between now and October 31, doubling the impact. To participate in the challenge match for student aid, visit here – the Challenge’s home page. Gifts of all sizes will collectively help maximize the impact made on the lives of Loras students.

Each year, we work closely with students and their families to navigate financial challenges that life throws their way. This March, the pandemic magnified the challenges our students normally face by increasing unemployment, lowering incomes, and adding extra strain to tight family budgets. Between general life challenges and the pandemic, our students are in more need for financial aid tools than ever.

Zach Gries (’10)

This spring, we’ve been fortunate to assist more than 120 students who have seen COVID-19 make a significant impact on their families. Meanwhile, we hear more stories from prospective students each day about the financial hurdles that have arisen to prevent them from attending Loras College.
The challenge gift that was so generously provided to Loras would enable us to help so many more students. From covering books and meal plans to providing aid towards room & board and tuition, any gift donated to Loras makes a significant impact to everyone on campus.

I feel fortunate to be in a position to work with students to find financial solutions. I have heard the sighs of relief and seen the tears of joy as gifts from generous donors afford students the opportunities that Loras College provides.

A challenge gift like this is a collective effort that gives us a chance to rally as a community and to help students be lifelong Duhawks. Your gift allows us to ensure that the world has more Duhawks.

Zach Gries (’10) is Assistant Director of Financial Planning

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About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).