My Town: Couple Donates $16 Million to John Carroll University

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John Carroll University announced a very special gift during its 125th Anniversary Gala on December 2 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland.  Alumnus Frank Schilling, and his wife, Helen, have pledged $16 million to endow undergraduate scholarships.

“The Schillings are among our most generous benefactors and the additional funding will be transformational for John Carroll University,” said President Reverend Robert Niehoff. “Their  generosity has given—and will continue to give—the best students the opportunity to earn a John Carroll degree and make a positive difference in the world.”

The Schillings’ endowment will eventually fund more than 20 scholarships each year.  Scholarship recipients will be asked to contribute to the fund after they graduate so the program will continue to grow.

Schilling is a graduate of the Class of 1953, served in the Korean War and had a successful career at General Electric.

“This is an investment in an institution we strongly believe in and will help the University recruit the very best students,” said Schilling.  “We expect the scholarship recipients to understand that they, too, have an obligation to continue the tradition of giving in support of education.”

Three Schilling scholars are currently enrolled at John Carroll University.