The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has awarded Gonzaga University a $100,000 grant to endow a scholarship program for Hispanic and Native American students.
One of the university’s top priorities is increasing access for academically talented students who choose Gonzaga, regardless of economic circumstance. The median household income of Hispanic and Native American families falls far below the national average, which means far fewer young men and women from these groups can afford to pursue a college degree.
“This gift from the Hearst Foundation gives a tremendous boost to our diversity efforts,” said Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Gonzaga’s president. “Our efforts to attract students from various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds create a college community that is not only inclusive, but inherently instructional as all of our students are exposed to a variety of perspectives and life experiences.”
The Foundation has given two previous grants to Gonzaga for endowed scholarships. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, along with The Hearst Foundation, Inc., comprise The Hearst Foundations. They were established in the mid-1940s by William Randolph Hearst and are guided by their founder’s philanthropic interests: education, health, social services and culture.