An additional $250,000 from the Berry Family Foundation will provide operating support for the Berry Summer Thesis Institute, an existing summer program supported by the Berrys that introduces students to research opportunities.
The Berry family has given $18 million to UD, a legacy of philanthropy that spans four decades, according to the university.
In 1980, Loren M. Berry left $1 million to the School of Law. John W. Berry Sr. gave $7.5 million in 1996 to endow an honors program scholarship fund and offer experiential learning and research opportunities, according to UD.
“He wanted to help raise the bar at the University of Dayton by giving the University the means to attract all types of students who were high achievers,” John Berry Jr. said of his father’s gift. “It’s very moving to hear the students talk about what the scholarship has meant to them and their enthusiasm about their research.”
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