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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:28 pm

Verbatim: CLHS to receive $1 million planned gift from anonymous donor

The following was released on Thurs., Sept. 14, 2017 by Concordia Lutheran High School: 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Concordia Lutheran High School has received a $1 million pledged donation from an anonymous donor to further student scholarships and future projects.

The gift, which is in included in the donor’s estate, is to be split in two — one half to be awarded to the Concordia Educational Foundation and the other to be a part of a future capital campaign.

“This couple shared that they wanted to make a difference for students just as their family had done,” said John Schoedel, chief development officer at CLHS.

The donors have decided to split their gift in order to maximize its effect. The CEF gift will be used to create an endowed scholarship for sophomores, juniors and seniors who maintain a B average and demonstrate financial need.

“This gift will open doors for students who couldn’t afford to come to Concordia,” said Debbie Schumm, CLHS director of financial aid.

The remaining half of the gift is designated to fund a future project to remodel, renovate or build a chapel at Concordia with naming rights to honor the family. 

“This gift will make a difference for students in need and support our Christ-centered heritage,” Schoedel said.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at