For Release: May 18, 2010
Marylhurst University has received a $1 million gift from the estate of longtime Marylhurst University benefactor Maybelle Clark Macdonald. The money will be used to fund student scholarships.
Macdonald passed away in December 2009, and was honored posthumously at the Marylhurst University annual dinner on May 17.
"Maybelle Clark Macdonald was an inspirational leader in supporting those less fortunate than herself, and her enthusiasm for Marylhurst's mission of serving non-traditional students with a strong desire to improve their lives has been instrumental to the continued growth and development of our university," said Judith Johansen, Marylhurst University president. "I am so grateful that Maybelle chose to create a continuing legacy here at Marylhurst that will ensure hundreds more students receive the financial support they need to achieve their educational goals."
Also honored at the event was the late Joyce Furman, another longtime supporter of Marylhurst who died in October 2009.
In addition, the annual dinner featured the presentation of the university's first-ever board of trustees' academic excellence awards to Dr. Jennifer Sasser, chair of the human sciences department, and the university's education department and its master of arts in teaching program.
About Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university located one mile south of Lake Oswego on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence. Marylhurst's small, seminar-style classes – offered weekdays, evenings, weekends and online – provide convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives seeking professional certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees.