The College of Saint Benedict, a women's college in St. Joseph, Minnesota, has announced a $10 million commitment from an anonymous donor to create a Center for Ethical Leadership in Action.
The gift will create an endowment to fund the operations of the center, which will work to increase opportunities for experiential learning — including study abroad, undergraduate research, service learning, fellowships, and internship experiences — designed to support the formation of ethical women leaders in a range of fields, from business to medicine to education and beyond.
The center will also offer stipends to students willing to take on unpaid internships, enabling them to take advantage of opportunities they otherwise might have to pass up. The College of Saint Benedict and its academic partner, Saint John's University, a Catholic liberal arts college in Collegeville, Minnesota, require that every student complete four credits of experiential learning as part of the core curriculum. The college plans to begin awarding stipends as early as this summer.
"We are grateful for the donors whose vision and generosity have created the center," said CSB president Mary Dana Hinton. "It positions us as a leader among liberal arts colleges nationally in developing women's leadership capacity, ethical decision-making, self-confidence and career readiness."
"The donors have a longstanding appreciation for the quality education their daughter received at Saint Ben's and a respect for ethical leadership that was nurtured by their parents,” said Kathy Hansen, vice president of institutional advancement at the college. “They're driven to see all Saint Ben's students receive the internships, research and service opportunities that will build character and form ethical leaders."