Each year, hundreds of new students matriculate into the University of Dallas to participate in one of the nation’s most rigorous liberal arts curricula. These students, who come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, worked hard during their earlier educational careers to earn acceptance into our liberal arts program by demonstrating a commitment to excellence and a desire to make a difference in their communities. In order for many of them to achieve their future educational goals, they require some type of financial assistance.
In 2015, 96% of University of Dallas students received some type of financial support directly from the university. While some of this aid is provided through generous contributions from our alumni and friends, these gifts simply do not meet the increasing demand.
Since 2009, North Texas Giving Day has raised millions of dollars to benefit thousands of North Texas charities. What you may not know is that this annual fundraising event helps local universities, like the University of Dallas, raise scholarship funds to support talented, hard-working students who could not otherwise afford to pursue a liberal arts education.
In order to advance in the current business climate, it is more important than ever for students to establish the essential skills of reading, thinking critically and writing. These skills are the very foundation of a liberal arts education. Pursuing the liberal arts teaches students to process and use information in a way that enables them to succeed in any career, even in positions that don’t yet exist. This is why many of the nation’s top CEOs and corporate executives chose to earn liberal arts degrees. These influential business leaders achieved success because their liberal arts educations endowed them with the flexibility and agility to move with the changing economic and technological conditions.
On North Texas Giving Day, September 22, 2016, I encourage all North Texans to make a gift to the
University of Dallas in support of our scholarship fund. By doing so, you will help students in need obtain essential skills from the Southwest’s elite Catholic university, thereby enabling them to become our future business, civic and community leaders.
President Thomas W. Keefe, University of Dallas