SPRINGFIELD – A $1 million endowment to provide eight additional scholarships for students at Africa University has topped its goal.
In a letter dated Jan. 23, Jim Salley, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Africa University, reports that the Bishop Jonathan and Beverly Keaton Endowment from the Making Dreams Possible Campaign has surpassed the $1 million goal with a total of $1,003,907. "By investing in Africa University, you help young people move from the sidelines into meaningful and productive lives. thank you again for your continuing support and generosity," Salley wrote.
Bishop and Mrs. Keaton, along with AU Committee Chair, the Rev. Dr. Beverly Wilkes-Null and IGRC Missions Coordinator Bunny Wolfe will comprise the delegation in March to present the $1 million gift to the university. The Keatons were selected by Bishop Frank J. Beard to represent the conference.
Prior to the $1 million campaign, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference provided four endowed scholarships and two additional scholarships to Africa University. With the completion of the campaign, the conference now will endow 12 scholarships.