Kalamazoo College has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus Jon Stryker ('82) in support of need-based scholarships.
The gift from the architect, environmental activist, and philanthropist will establish the Jon L. Stryker Future Leaders Scholarship Program, which, beginning in 2018-19, will provide $2 million in scholarships annually over ten years. With the goal of assisting students with financial need and furthering the college's commitment to diversity, the program will focus on students of color, first-generation college students, and students from lower-income families.
"We are incredibly grateful to Jon Stryker for this remarkable gift that opens the doors of our unique institution to students who otherwise would not have this opportunity," said Kalamazoo College president Jorge G. Gonzalez. "The future of our society depends on our ability to develop leaders from diverse backgrounds. It is an honor that Jon has placed this tremendous trust in his alma mater."
Stryker, who earned a BA in biology from the college and a master of architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, has given a total of more than $66 million to the college, including more than $10 million in support of Kalamazoo's study-abroad program and efforts to increase student diversity; $5.6 million through the Arcus Foundation, which he founded, in support of the Posse Scholars — a program of the Posse Foundation that provides high-performing public high school students from underrepresented groups with full four-year scholarships; and more than $25 million in support of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
"I am thrilled to be able to make this contribution to my alma mater with the goal of advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education," said Stryker. "Supporting a pathway to higher education for all people is a highly effective way to break the cycles of marginalization and inequality that continue to plague this country. There is much more work to be done and my hope is to inspire more members of the Kalamazoo College community to make additional contributions to support diverse students at K."