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Herzing Educational Foundation Launched to Support Students and Communities of Herzing University

November 17, 2010

In keeping with its commitment to expanding opportunities for students and supporting the communities in which it operates, Herzing University today announced the formation of Herzing Educational Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Milwaukee, Wis. The foundation will provide scholarships to Herzing University students and support their communities by funding community projects and activities by local charities.

“The idea for the Herzing Educational Foundation was inspired by the core belief that career colleges and universities have an important impact on student learning and the communities they serve,” said Amy Chastek, executive director, Herzing Educational Foundation. “As a non-profit organization, we are looking at ways we can complement the important work of Herzing University faculty and staff with specific scholarships and projects that address unmet student and community needs.”

The Foundation has begun fundraising efforts and is accepting donations with the goal of awarding its first scholarships in 2011 from the following categories:

The Herzing Educational Foundation Scholarship, funded through an initial donation made by Henry and Suzanne Herzing, the founders of Herzing Educational System, will award between $500 and $1,500 per year to current Herzing students who demonstrate academic success and financial need.

The Greg Mieszkowski Persistence Scholarship, named for an employee who dedicated himself to helping students re-enroll into college, will award $500 to a Herzing University Online student who returns to complete a degree after taking time off.

Donors may make contributions of any size, either designated to one of the specific scholarship funds or to the foundation’s general fund, which will support additional scholarships and community charitable donations as funds are available. In addition, there are specific opportunities for employers and individuals to contribute:

The Partners in Education Program for Employers creates a scholarship in an employer’s name for donations of $1000, $5000, $10,000 or $25,000, and provides recognition including a customized plaque, advertising opportunities, website exposure and participation in foundation events. Donations of $25,000 or more are part of the President’s Circle and offer the option of creating an endowment.

The Foundation Friends Program for Individuals provides website and other recognition for individual contributions of $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. Members of the Foundation Friends President’s Circle are those who donate $5,000 or more.

As it develops and expands visibility through Herzing University’s 11 campus communities nationwide, the Herzing Educational Foundation also will enlist the help of Herzing students in supporting local charitable causes.

“Our goal is to be able to harness the energies of Herzing University students and staff to raise funds locally as well as at the national level,” Chastek said. “We plan to donate 20 percent of all the non-designated funds we raise through our campuses back to local community causes such as the Boys and Girls Clubs,” she said.

The Herzing Educational Foundation is led by a board of directors including Henry Herzing, Peter Heffernan, D.C., Ava Youngblood, James Hutton, PhD, and John Bowen. Heffernan and Youngblood, as well as Chastek, comprise the Scholarship Selection Committee.

For more information on Herzing Educational Foundation, please visit www.herzingeducationfoundation.org or call 414.238.2737

 

 

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