Drury University faculty members Chun-Ju Hsu (left) and Kaouthar Babouche pose for a photo taken by Samantha Haney. (Photo by Joe Hadsall)

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Officials with Drury University on Tuesday thanked donors for helping to make a fundraising effort tied to the university’s 150th anniversary successful. 

For the previous fiscal year, which ended on May 31, a total of 3,671 donors contributed more than $15.6 million for Drury University’s programs, students and facilities. 

The gifts included $4.7 million to the Drury Student Success Fund, which helps enhance the student experience. That amount was bolstered by $1.6 million in matching funds from the O’Reilly-Wooten 150th Anniversary Challenge.

“A simple word of thanks doesn’t seem adequate to acknowledge the great outpouring of support Drury alums, trustees, friends, faculty, and staff provided in this last year,” said Drury University President Jeff Frederick. “(They) have generously supported great additions and upgrades to our campus and set a new standard for supporting Drury students with scholarships for their work on campus and in the community.” 

Donors during the anniversary year also committed to $8.6 million in pledges and $2.3 million in planned gifts for Drury’s Fortify the Future campaign. The university is at $42 million and working toward a goal of $50 million in that campaign. Its priorities include student scholarships and programs, endowments, upgrading its heritage buildings and launching a catalyst fund. 

The university will build a 150th anniversary plaza on campus that will recognize donors who gave $1,500 or more during the sesquicentennial year.

Joe Hadsall

Joe Hadsall is the education reporter for the Hauxeda. Hadsall has more than two decades of experience reporting in the Ozarks with the Joplin Globe, Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine. Contact him at (417) 837-3671 or jhadsall@hauxeda.com. More by Joe Hadsall