SYLVANIA—Lourdes University recently announced the establishment of the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship benefiting disadvantaged students who demonstrate financial need.
The $75,000 scholarship allows Lourdes to award several scholarships over a three-year period to qualifying students.
The generous gift was made possible through Lourdes board of trustees member William Carroll, retired CEO of NRG Dynamix, and George Butler Irish, a Toledo native who serves as vice president and director of East Coast Operations for the Hearst Foundations.
Lourdes University is one of a select number of exemplary colleges the Hearst Foundations have supported that are dedicated to preparing students to succeed in a global society. Preference is given to medium size, private liberal arts colleges and universities. Other Ohio institutions that have received scholarship support from the Hearst Foundations in past years include Case Western Reserve, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Dominican, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Wittenberg and Xavier.
“Over 60 percent of Lourdes students are first-generation college students,” says Mary Arquette, vice president for institutional advancement at Lourdes. “How fitting that our students will carry on the legacy of Mr. Hearst, who accomplished so much in his lifetime and has contributed so much to society through his foundations.”