The estate of an anonymous Valparaiso University alumnus has donated $1.4 million to the school. President Mark Heckler says the university will use the gift to establish an endowedment for programs and operations of its Counseling Services department.
Heckler touted the importance of the Counseling Services programs which are aimed at addressing personal and mental issues among students. The university says the programs are provided through the school’s Counseling Center, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education and the Sexual Assault Awareness and Facilitative Education Office.
"College is an exciting time filled with exploration, growth and learning. At the same time, students may find that they need additional support to address specific issues and challenges," said Bonnie Hunter, vice president for student affairs. "For some, mental health concerns can cause significant impairment. Gifts such as this help to provide the psychological support students need to have a successful college experience."
The gift will count toward the $250 million Forever Valpo: the Campaign for Our Future endowment campaign, which launched in September. To date, the campaign has raised more than $152 million.