Wabash College on Friday kicked off the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the school’s 186-year history with a biggest gift ever given to the school.
The senior major gifts officer for Wabash College fatally shot his niece and her 4-year-old son at their suburban Indianapolis home Wednesday, following a dispute over a family trust worth millions of dollars, before killing himself inside a downtown hotel room.
Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. said the grants are part of its effort to identify and cultivate theologically minded youth who will become leaders in their churches and society.
Finances are increasingly challenging for small, private schools, causing many to do whatever is necessary to attract students, particularly students who can afford tuition ranging from $25,000 to $45,000 annually.
The new president of Indiana’s 181-year-old Wabash College expects the school to remain one of three all-male colleges left in the country.