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It’s a Match: Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation and Middle East Giving
— A Gift to Help Regional Alumni Endow a Special Scholarship


The Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation announced recently that it is renewing its long-standing commitment to AUB and to the Middle East by providing a challenge grant that will match one dollar to the scholarship fund for every four contributed by alumni based in the Middle East. Over the coming two years, this important financial aid program will match up to $2 million in alumni contributions to financial aid for students.
The foundation has been one of AUB’s most dedicated supporters, especially during critical times in the University’s history. During the College Hall rebuilding campaign, the foundation provided a challenge grant of $500,000 to encourage giving from Middle East alumni. With the Campaign for Excellence underway, the foundation has once again made a resolute commitment to encourage an increase in giving among Middle Eastern alumni. A top priority of the Campaign for Excellence is to increase the number of individual donors among Middle East alumni, friends, and parents of current and former students. The University believes this group has great philanthropic potential, and a gentle boost to increase participation in the annual fund and scholarship program will help. The new matching grant from the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation will serve as a stimulus for donations by Middle Eastern alumni and will be invaluable to AUB’s fundraising efforts and help AUB toward its goal of raising $15 million for financial aid and endowment over the next five years.
Gifts designated for endowed financial aid as well as special named and memorial endowed scholarship gifts will all be counted toward the alumni total, giving everyone an opportunity to have an impact on securing the maximum effect from the Dodge grant. The $500,000 foundation matching grant will be used to establish the Cleveland H. Dodge Endowed Scholarship Fund for leading students in countries in the Middle East, outside of Lebanon.
A more diverse student body enables AUB to further spread the values of tolerance and mutual respect that are central to the University’s mission. The University is committed to educating the “best and the brightest”


from the region and plans to increase its international corps of students over the next five years. Increased scholarship support, as provided by the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, will help achieve this goal.
The benefits of an AUB education have taken on an even greater significance during these troubled times. As a leader in higher education in the region, the University is committed to “sharing in the education of the youth of the Middle East, in the service of its peoples, and in the advancement of knowledge.” With the University’s emphasis on a liberal arts education that promotes critical thinking and academic freedom, the need for AUB has never been greater for the youth of the region.
In thanking the Foundation, President John Waterbury said, “The Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide assistance to generations of students from the region who will benefit from AUB’s mission to provide an educational culture grounded in diversity, dialogue, and tolerance.”
The challenge grant and the establishment of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund will certainly have a positive impact on the University by providing for the education of generations of students from the region and, equally importantly, by raising the level of involvement by alumni and friends. “All alumni from the Middle East and Europe, no matter what amount they contribute, can participate.” said Vice President for Development and External Affairs W. Stephen Jeffrey. “Everyone who cares about AUB, its history, and its role in Lebanon and the region can help meet this challenge—and ensure a strong future for AUB.”