CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Wabash College is starting its Giant Steps fundraising campaign on the right foot with $150 Million already raised. The campaign kicked off Nov. 9 with an event at the Indiana State Museum.
Wabash College has nearly 900 students in attendance and is one of four men's only colleges left in the U.S. As the number of males attending college is decreasing, Steve Bowen felt his contribution to the school was necessary.
“It's a matter of giving back. The school had a profound effect in my life,” said Bowen.
Bowen is a Wabash graduate, former chair of the Board of Trustees, and is currently a professor for theological ethics at the campus.
He and his wife recently donated a $2 Million unrestricted gift to help with needs the college is facing.
“We can't have students coming to college and incurring debt to do it. We also need money for faculty, so that faculty can do more,” said Bowen.
Wabash College President Gregory Hess said much of the money will be going towards student scholarships and funding research opportunities for faculty.
“This means that we get to transform more lives. There are so many young men out there now who could benefit from Wabash education,” said Hess.
In 14 years, the school will approach its 200th birthday. President Hess said he’s thankful for every donation to the Giant Steps campaign fundraiser.
“The name of the campaign is not Giant Step, it's Giant Steps so these leaders at the college who've really, you know, put their marker down and said this is something that I believe in,” said Hess. “They're looking for other people who understand the joyousness of philanthropic giving,” added Hess.
President Hess said each donation is like a gift that will keep giving.
“Yeah the rules of the world have changed a little bit but it's an even better time for young men to be empowered because, you know, what makes young men better, makes young women better, makes the whole world better and that's something we emphasis day in and day out at wabash college,” said Hess.
The school's goal is to raise $225 Million by the year 2023.