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The Trinity Commitment: An Investment Today for Generations To Come
Trinity University launches $25M endowment matching initiative for student scholarships

For Trinity students with financial security, a day in the life of a Tiger might look much like you’d expect: wake up, go to class, hang out with friends, meet with a student group, get some exercise, study, go to bed, repeat. But for the Tigers who need to work part-time jobs to afford tuition or living expenses, or for those who drive home on the weekends to support their families, the tried-and-true college experience is complicated by financial stressors.

Can you imagine a Trinity where these financial stressors don’t exist? We can. It’s why we’ve made the Trinity Commitment.


Trinity University is proud to announce the Trinity Commitment, a $25 million endowed scholarship initiative, championed by Trinity’s Board of Trustees, that empowers the best and brightest students to choose Trinity—and strengthens their connection to our community knowing that Trinity chose them in return.

“Trinity’s strength as an institution is connected directly to the strength of our students and the strength of our community,” says Vanessa B. Beasley, Ph.D., president of Trinity University. “To live into our mission of offering a transformative liberal arts and sciences education for our students, we must ensure access to that education. That’s why we’re making this threefold commitment: to our students, our philanthropic partners, and our institution.”

Through the Trinity Commitment, donors who pledge a gift of $50,000 or more to create or bolster an endowed scholarship will unlock a dollar-to-dollar matching fund from Trinity’s endowment, up to $25 million total. Donors can create more than one scholarship, and those with existing endowed scholarships are eligible for additional funds of $50,000 or more to also be matched. These will strengthen a collection of more than 360 existing endowed scholarships and will bring us that much closer to our aspirational goal of ensuring 100% of Trinity students receive the financial support they need to make the most of their college experience.

At the heart of the Trinity Commitment is community. For more than 150 years, Trinity has galvanized a stalwart sense of community, opening our arms to the curious, the fiercely intelligent, the leaders eager to make an impact on the world. With this massive philanthropic commitment, we’re making a difference in the lives of those who seek to join our community—and we’re making that difference together. If philanthropic investors fulfill the full commitment of $25 million dollars, and the University matches those funds with $25 million of our own, our community will have created the impact of 500 new endowed scholarships.

“Ensuring equitable access to higher education is imperative as demographic changes reshape our student body,” says Eric Maloof, vice president for enrollment management. “As the number of college-aged students shrinks over the next five to ten years, financial aid will be a critical decision-making factor for many of the students we want to join our community. To compete for these impressive students and to prioritize their individual backgrounds and perspectives, Trinity must commit the all-around support for these students to not just be here, but to thrive here.”

The same way the Trinity community has helped us for generations before, it’s our turn to help these students thrive for generations to come. In doing so, students can envision a college experience unburdened by financial stressors and a life after graduation launched and immersed in their own communities through service and support. It’s philanthropy, full circle. And we’re not stopping there.

We’ve made the Trinity Commitment—will you?

Jeanna Goodrich Balreira '08 is the assistant vice president for Strategic Communications and Marketing at Trinity University.

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