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Marylhurst Earns $100,000 Challenge Grant for Food Program

Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund Aims Support at New Graduate Degree

The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has issued a $100,000 challenge grant to help launch Marylhurst University's new Master of Science in Food Systems & Society program.

The new graduate program focuses on creating more healthy, just and sustainable food systems. The program combines in-person and online learning for students who want to delve deeply into the diverse problems facing our food systems, and promote socially responsible solutions. The first cohort of students will begin study in fall 2013.

The challenge grant will match all gifts to support the program, up to $10,000 per individual gift and a $100,000 total.

"We are grateful to the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund for providing such a generous incentive to invest in a pioneering program that will inspire social change in our food systems," said Lynn Andrews, Marylhurst vice president for university advancement. "Maybelle Clark Macdonald was a strong advocate for social justice, and we are honored that the foundation that bears her name considers us a partner in furthering her legacy."

Nearly $40,000 in individual donations already has been received in response to the challenge grant initiative. The matching gift opportunity will be available through December 31, 2013.

For more information about the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund matching grant for Marylhurst, visit

About the M.S. in Food Systems & Society

The M.S. in Food Systems & Society is a two-year, cohort-based program. Most of the interactive, seminar-style classes take place online, but students come to Marylhurst's Portland-area campus twice each year for intensive sessions with program faculty and other food system leaders. While all students take core courses in food systems, policies and culture, they can shape many aspects of their degree to meet their professional goals by studying a broad range of elective topics, including food security and public health, food writing and analysis, urban agriculture and organizational development.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,600 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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