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$5 million 'transformational' donation to benefit ISU College of Education, University High School students

Officials in Illinois State University's College of Education (located in DeGarmo Hall, pictured here) hope a new elementary education pipeline program will provide a solution to the state's ongoing teacher shortage.
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DeGarmo Hall at Illinois State University, home of the College of Education.

A recent $5 million planned estate gift is among the largest donated to Illinois State University in its history, according to a university press release.

The donor was an alumnus of ISU, but otherwise wished to remain anonymous. The money will be split between ISU's College of Education and its laboratory school, University High School.

Funding for the College of Education will be directed toward teacher training with the goal of "elevating the role of the teacher in society through enhanced selection and training," per the release.

Money directed to U-High will fund a preexisting scholarship awarded to future students who "demonstrate a spirit of inquiry and creativity." That scholarship is one of 28 available to U-High students, funding for which has largely been provided by alumni of ISU and U-High.

According to the university, the planned $5 million donation from the anonymous donor brings the total of planned gifts received by the university to around $105 million.

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Lyndsay Jones is a reporter at WGLT. She joined the station in 2021. You can reach her at lljone3@ilstu.edu.
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