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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, October 07, 2017 1:00 am

Defiance College gets $1 million

Grant to attract religious scholars each year

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The Charles K. and Esther C. Krieger Foundation has awarded $1 million to Defiance College for a visiting scholar program. 

“This is a transformational gift for Defiance College. We are so very grateful for the generosity of the Charles K. and Ester C. Krieger Foundation,” President Richanne Mankey said in a statement Friday. “Through this partnership, the college will be able to engage scholarship for important student learning that opens the door to increased understanding of our highly complex world.” 

The gift will make it possible to bring religious specialists to Defiance College each academic year. While visiting the college, the specialist will be an active part of the community, teaching courses based on their area of expertise, leading seminars, speaking at community events and collaborating with students on research. The grant will fund the annual expenses of the visiting scholar, who will be provided campus housing and other amenities. 

“The impact of this gift on Defiance College's academics will be profound,” said Agnes Caldwell, vice president and dean for Academic Affairs. “A gift of this magnitude will attract world-class academicians and provide our community access to leaders in the fields of Judaism, Christianity or Islam. I look forward to welcoming this scholar into the midst of our great facility.” 

Defiance College isn't the only school to receive sizable grants this year. In September, IPFW's school of music received $1 million from the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation to help create the Purdue School of Music. Concordia High School also received a $1 million anonymous donation last month for student scholarships and future projects. 

Last year, Trine University received $1 million from Larry and Judy Reiners of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a new athletic complex, as well as $1.25 million from Steel Dynamics Foundation Inc. for a new ice arena.