For Immediate Release
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College President Jim Collins announced today that David Holmberg, a 1972 graduate, intends to add $800,000 to his namesake scholarship, which he created with an original gift of $200,000. The new donation brings his total commitment to the scholarship and the Inspiring Lives and Leadership campaign to $1 million.
In May 2014, Holmberg established the David J. Holmberg Science Scholarship to assist female students in the pursuit of a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Holmberg intends to add the $800,000 to the scholarship program through an estate gift.
“The leadership shown by David is inspiring,” Collins said. “There’s no question that countless female students will benefit from his generosity, which will help attract women to STEM careers. In addition, we have a history of success in the health sciences and this will only enhance our ability to attract and retain talented students to the STEM disciplines.”
The scholarship is designated by the Loras College Office of Financial Planning and available to undergraduate female students who demonstrate significant financial need. The scholarship is renewable up to four years, as long as recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree.
“A STEM education will drive tomorrow’s jobs,” Holmberg said. “Recognizing that, Loras has made a long-term commitment to offer relevant coursework to prepare female students for a meaningful career. I’m glad to be a part of that commitment and excited about the opportunities that await Loras students.”
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) support that assertion. Employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million by 2022. That’s an increase of about 1 million jobs over 2012 employment levels.
After graduating from Loras with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Holmberg received a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison. As a certified industrial hygienist, certified safety professional and certified hazardous materials manager, Holmberg has worked
as the assistant director of laboratory services at Clayton Environmental Consultants, environmental director at Acme Steel Company/Acme Packaging Corporation and is currently the environmental health and safety director at the Calumet Area Industrial Commission.
Launched on Oct. 10, 2013, the $100 million Inspiring Lives and Leadership campaign is the largest fundraising campaign in the 177-year history of the college. In addition to raising funds to support student aid and faculty/staff professional development, the campaign seeks funds to build upon the launch of its MBA program, business analytics initiative and other academic programs. As of May 31, $86.1 million was been raised through more than 20,500 donors.
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About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. According to the 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, Loras College was named the 13th Best Regional College: Midwest. Visit www.loras.edu for more information.