Our endowment ensures sustained support for endowed scholarships and experiential learning opportunities, allowing us to meet students where they are.


Establishing an endowed scholarship leaves a lasting legacy. By contributing to an endowed scholarship, you are making a perpetual commitment to supporting education. The endowment ensures future generations will benefit, creating a sustained impact on access to education. Support to endowed scholarships reflects a profound belief in the value of learning. Donors not only give financially but also invest in the continuous growth and prosperity of education.

Giving to endowed scholarships fosters transformational education, empowers

tomorrow’s leaders, and contributes to

building a better world.


Lewis University is committed to preparing diverse learners for meaningful careers and lives full of purpose.

Endowed programs are a part of the Lewis Experience, where experiential learning helps students connect the liberal and professional education they receive at Lewis with real-world, hands-on experiences that lead to a meaningful professional life toward a better world.

Experiential learning provided through endowed programs provides student-centered, interactive education in multiple settings that recognize diverse forms of knowledge and meet the needs of a changing society. It offers values-based and relevant education by promoting active engagement and reflection that helps students integrate, deepen, and personalize their learning.

Summer Undergraduate

Research Experience (SURE)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program is a collaborative experience for Lewis University students from multiple disciplines to engage in undergraduate research over the summer. The 10-week program brings students from various disciplines together weekly to discuss topics such as research ethics, data analysis methods, scientific writing, resume building, etc. in addition to their specific discipline-related research. Working one-on-one with a faculty mentor, the program funds these students for the summer and offers an experiential learning environment that accelerates their research careers, with many students presenting their outcomes at conferences and/or via publications.

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Lewis University has invested five million dollars to begin a St. Augustine College Endowment ensuring our commitment to serve the Hispanic population of Chicago with a bilingual education.

Our mission is rooted in creating opportunities for diverse communities, and this endowment underscores our commitment to providing high-quality education to all. The funds allocated will play a crucial role in providing students with the scholarship support needed.


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Endowed Deanship

Endowed Chair

Endowed Professorship

The minimum contribution to create an endowed position is $500,000.

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Contact Colleen Ahearn to establish

an endowed scholarship with a

naming opportunity.