Generous Gifts Support Scholarships and Fellowships

Alumnus Joe Adams

Alumnus Joe Adams

Recent generous gifts from DePaul alumni and foundations are supporting student success and faculty excellence at DePaul’s business college.

RSM US Foundation and RSM US LLP employees, including alumni, made a matching gift totaling $1 million to establish two RSM fellowships at the School of Accountancy & MIS. Joe Adams (BUS ’77, MBA ’79), RSM managing partner and CEO, spearheaded the fundraising effort. The fellowships support efforts to attract and retain outstanding accounting faculty. Associate Professor Mary Mindak has been appointed as the first RSM Fellow.

The estate of the late Lyndell C. Ayres Jr. (BUS ’59) gave nearly $500,000 to the college. The gift will make an immediate impact this year as scholarship awards to students who are experiencing economic hardship due to the pandemic.

First Midwest Bank has provided a $500,000 gift through the First Midwest Charitable Foundation to the John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services, which provides co-curricular programming for finance students. Over the next five years, the gift will allocate resources to diversify the Keeley Center’s student cohorts through outreach, targeted programming, scholarship support and internship placements at the bank.

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