Loyola University Chicago has announced a $10 million gift from alumna ('79) Jennifer N. Pritzker.
Made through the TAWANI Foundation, the gift will create endowment funds named in honor of Pritzker's mother, Loyola alumna ('78) Audrey G. Ratner, in six areas — scholarships and stipends for students who are veterans or the children of veterans, students enrolled in the university's ROTC program, or students studying to be teachers; program support for the university's Hillel House; support for the study of dyslexia and other reading disorders in the School of Education; and a President's Innovation Fund. The gift includes a matching fund component that could increase the total impact of the gift to more than $15 million.
Ratner, who graduated from Loyola with honors with a bachelor's of science in education, has been a lifelong champion and supporter of access to education, with a focus on economically disadvantaged students and children with learning disabilities. In the past, she has provided support for scholarships and the School of Education, and in 2017 she received the Heart of Loyola Award, which honors those who exemplify the core values of Jesuit education in service to others.
"My mother and I graduated from Loyola as adult undergraduate students — she was a busy mom, and I was in the military," said Pritzker, CEO and president of TAWANI Enterprises and a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and Illinois Army National Guard. "We both respect Loyola's mission to educate students of all backgrounds and ages. We both believe that education is the great equalizer in a democratic society and everyone should have access to a high-quality education and funding to provide them with the resources and opportunities to succeed. My mother worked tirelessly to level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students and improve outcomes for children with learning disabilities, dyslexia, and ADHD."
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