Hiram College is pleased to announce a gift of $1 million from Dean Scarborough and Janice Bini of Pasadena, California to add to its growing list of recent gifts.
This is the second seven-figure gift received by the College this academic year, coming on the heels of a $2 million gift given in honor of 1915 graduate Galen A. Roush.
The gift also follows the College’s most successful ever online Day of Giving where it received more than $286,000 in gifts and pledges on a 24-hour period on April 29. The combination of all gifts has helped the College to break its record of $8.2 million in funds raised in a single academic year, making it the largest fundraising year ever in the history of Hiram College
The $1 million unrestricted gift from Scarborough and Bini will be used to fund a variety of projects specifically related to a new initiative called “Hiram Health.” Hiram College understands that active, engaged minds require healthy bodies, healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment. Hiram Health is focused on two areas: expanding health-related majors and minors as part of its academic offerings and promoting the physical and psychological well-being of all student as part of an enhanced co-curricular program. Through Hiram Health, Hiram College hopes to be seen as a destination campus for aspiring health professionals—the place to go for students who sense a calling to be a special kind of health care professional—one who challenges the status quo and seeks to serve and lead within a gentler, kinder, but highly skilled health care industry. Hiram Health, with its humanities foundation to pre-professional studies at its core, is intentionally designed to make humanistic care a priority.
Projects to be supported by this new gift include: the creation of a new major in integrative exercise science; the launch of men’s volleyball as an intercollegiate sport; and additional faculty support for the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
“Hiram College has been providing a top-notch liberal arts education for 165 years, but there is a renewed energy and interest in the College at this very moment in time,” said President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D. “Dean and Janice’s gift demonstrates the confidence that friends and alumni have for Hiram. When combined with other contributions, this recent gift puts us in line for a record fundraising year. But it is not just the record that matters … gifts like these provide direct and immediate support for students which in term augments our recruitment and retention efforts.”
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Scarborough serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Avery Dennison Corporation and has been with the company since 1983. Scarborough graduated from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1979. He is a member of the Hiram College Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Directors of Mattel, Inc.