Challenge gift of $250,000 establishes the Tzedakah Scholarship
Aug. 13 – Northwestern College has received a challenge gift of $250,000 to establish the Tzedakah Scholarship. The gift is from an anonymous donor and meant to inspire others to support Northwestern students through giving. If an additional $250,000 is raised in the next several months, the original donor may give another $250,000 to the scholarship.
In announcing the scholarship, Senior Director for Advancement Services Kirby Stoll explained that the word tzedakah (pronounced zeh-DAH-kah) comes from the Hebrew language, and refers to giving assistance to the poor, needy or other worthy causes. The medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides recognized various levels of tzedakah, the highest of which enables the recipient to become self-sufficient.
Stoll went on to say, “Tzedakah Scholarship awards will be given to students who might not otherwise be able to continue their education at Northwestern. Every year we have more applicants for scholarships than we have funds available. Contributions to this fund—regardless of size—will make a difference for many deserving Northwestern students for years to come. It is my hope that many will join us in the journey to match the initial $250,000.”
For more information on the Tzedakah Scholarship or to make a donation, visit the scholarship web page.
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