Hollins has received the largest single gift assurance in the university’s 175-year history: Elizabeth Hall McDonnell ’62 and her husband, James S. McDonnell III, have arranged a commitment through the JSM Charitable Trust of $20 million.
Hollins has received a financial commitment of $6.5 million from Mr. and Mrs. James McDonnell III to fund renovations to the university’s Dana Science Building and Hollins Theatre, and expand the number of faculty in the theatre and playwriting programs.
Hollins University has received a $7,000 donation from the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation to be used for the emergency needs of students. The contribution was provided through the NADA Foundation’s Joseph J. Sanchez Memorial Fund.
The university’s endowment increased from $152.7 million to $163.5 million, an all-time high, over an 18-month period betweem mid-2011 and the end of 2012.
Screenwriters/scholars Hal Ackerman and Tim Albaugh have created an annual award for the student-written screenplay “that best exemplifies the joyous, courageous, independent spirit” of the founding director of Hollins’ graduate programs in screenwriting and film studies.
The Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr. Charitable Foundation Trust made the gift, which supports the restoration of Rath Haus, one of the university’s historic structures.