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The Fletcher Jones Foundation Helps Create Business Scholars Award

The Fletcher Jones Foundation’s Business Scholars Award was established to provide financial assistance for deserving, high-need students. The $1.2 million fund is being started with a $600,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation and matched by $600,000 from a board-designated endowment by the trustees.

Although 85% of Woodbury students receive financial aid, these awards meet only 55% of total financial need on average. Woodbury students typically work and take out student loans to cover the gap. The new Fletcher Jones Foundation Business Scholars Award will help cover top-performing School of Business sophomores, juniors, and seniors at significant risk of dropping out of Woodbury without additional
financial aid.

“Many students face persistent financial obstacles to completing their degrees, and these challenges are particularly acute during the current economic crisis. Through the generous support of the Fletcher Jones Foundation, which has been a long-time benefactor of the university, talented Woodbury students will be able to fulfill their dreams,” says President Kenneth R. Nielsen, Ed.D. The Fletcher Jones name is already permanently and publicly associated with Woodbury through the naming of the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium in the School of Business.

With the support of foundations such as the Fletcher Jones Foundation and individual donors, Woodbury has become recognized for providing education opportunities to students from all walks of life. The Education Trust singled out Woodbury last year as a school where Hispanic students are thriving, noting that Woodbury’s Hispanic students graduate at rates well above the rate for Hispanic students nationally and at rates similar to those for white students.

Woodbury plans to raise additional resources for the scholarship fund. To support this effort, please contact Richard Nordin, Vice President for Advancement, at (818) 252-5212 or richard.nordin@woodbury.edu.

2011 Class Gift Campaign Receives Its First Contribution!

On May 7, 2011, Danielle Miller took part in the commencement exercises, transitioning from undergraduate to alumna. For Miller, graduation doesn’t mean the end of her involvement with Woodbury. It represents the beginning—the beginning as a member of Woodbury’s remarkable alumni consortium who give back to a place that has given them so much. In honor of her graduation year, the Lancaster native recently made a gift of $20.11, making her the first member of her class to do so. Miller is now challenging her peers to do the same.

“Being a Woodbury graduate not only means I received a great education,” said Miller, a business management major and president of Woodbury’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. “It means supporting the school’s mission. The Class of 2011 can be the reason why future students receive an excellent education.”

History in the Making

When the Class of 2011 raises $1,000, they will be the first class in Woodbury history to have a chair named in their honor in the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium. Furthermore, their efforts will be recognized on the Annual Donor Wall and in the President’s Report. A gift of $20.11 is suggested to commemorate your class, but any amount will help ensure your legacy and lend a hand to future Woodbury students.

To learn more on how to support the 2011 Class Gift Campaign, or if you would like your own auditorium seat, please go to http://www.woodbury.edu/classgift or contact C. Damon Griffin, Associate Director of Annual Giving, at (818) 252-5289 or damon.griffin@woodbury.edu.

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