Georgetown University receives $10 million gift for scholarships

Georgetown University receives $10 million gift for scholarships

Georgetown University has announced a $10 million gift from Georgetown Law alumnus David Jacquin ('88) and his wife, Heidi.

The gift will establish the Robert J. Henle, S.J. Scholarship in honor of the late Jesuit priest and classics and philosophy professor who served as the university's president from 1969 to 1978. Henle, who passed away in 2000, oversaw the university's transition to co-education and the addition of women and lay people to its board, supported the newly formed Community Scholars Program and Black Student Alliance, established an affirmative action committee, and hired the late John Thompson, Jr. to coach the men's basketball team; Thompson subsequently became the first African-American head coach to win a major collegiate championship in basketball when he led the Hoyas to the 1984 NCAA Division I national championship.

Jacquin said he was inspired to make the gift by Henle's commitment to broadening access to Georgetown for students from less privileged backgrounds; Henle had encouraged Jacquin to attend Georgetown Law when he was an undergraduate at St. Louis University, where Henle had embarked on his career in academia.

"He took a chance on me when I was an undergraduate and put me on the path to Georgetown. I'll never forget that," said Jacquin, who worked at a top New York City law firm before founding North Point Advisors, where he serves as managing director. 

"We are deeply grateful for the extraordinary generosity and vision that the Jacquins have shown with their establishment of the Robert J. Henle, S.J. Scholarship," said Georgetown president John J. DeGioia. "This scholarship will have an important impact in the lives of our young people. It's wonderful that David and Heidi have chosen this profoundly meaningful way to honor the legacy of Fr. Henle, and to advance the vital work of expanding equity and access here at our university."