Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 11.05.24 AMLoras College has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the Woodward Foundation. The grant funds will be used by the College to establish an endowed Woodward Foundation Scholarship for Media Studies. This is the first Loras College scholarship specifically designated to media studies students; Woodward Foundation scholars will be selected based upon financial need, academic promise and in accordance with College financial aid policies and procedures.

The media studies program at Loras College has a long and robust history, with the first media-related class taught approximately 40 years ago. The program is highly commended, and educates students for successful careers in journalism, media production, web design and development, public relations, commercial and film making, digital video production, television broadcasting, animation and teaching. For the last six years in a row, Loras College Television (LCTV) has been named Iowa’s Collegiate Television Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA). In addition, Loras College is home to one of the top 12 collegiate newscasts in the U.S. according to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).Established in 1956 as a private foundation, the underlying tenet of the Woodward Foundation is to financially support and give back to the communities where Woodward Communications, Inc. (WCI) businesses are located. The Foundation’s goal is to improve the quality of life in those communities by making grants to a wide range of organizations.

Launched on October 10, 2013, the $75 million Inspiring Lives& Leadership campaign is the largest fundraising campaign in the 176-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 February 28, 2015, the campaign has raised $68.3 million through more than 17,700 donors.