Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota, has announced a $25 million gift in support of career development, scholarships, and capital projects.
Awarded through a donor-advised fund established by an alumni couple who wish to remain anonymous, the grant includes a $10 million endowment for the college's Center for Career Development, a $10 million endowment for scholarships and financial aid, and $5 million for renovations to the Nobel Hall of Science and athletics facilities. The couple, who have a history of engagement with the college, made the gift in support of the Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan — a ten-year initiative aimed at equipping students with the knowledge and critical skills needed to lead purposeful lives and address the challenges of our time.
The endowment for the Center for Career Development will enable the college to integrate postgraduate preparation into the academic and co-curricular life of students while continuing to expand access to mentorship, internship, and career experiences. By 2025, the college intends for all students to engage in an in-depth four-year career development process, participate in at least one career-relevant engaged learning experience, and develop a working relationship with a career specialist in one of seven career interest clusters.
"This transformational grant will make possible the college's goal for career staff to work one-on-one with all Gustavus students over the course of their four-year experience," said JoNes VanHecke, vice president for student life and dean of students. "We envision a three-pronged approach highlighted by opportunities to explore, experience, and successfully transition from college to career. We will also build a robust employer outreach program in alignment with the career interests of students."