Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Capital Campaign Successful
Jessica Wagner-Schultz, Director of Institutional Advancement
LCO Ojibwe College
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) kicked off its first capital campaign July 13, 2020 with a goal of raising $250,000 over two years. Less than a year later, the campaign has exceeded its initial goal, raising over $273,764 in support of student scholarships.
Initial investments from the Gay I. & Harry C. Leslie III Fund and The Eck Family Foundation laid the foundation for a strong first capital campaign. This campaign created an opportunity to increase the number and amount of scholarships offered by the College to our students, awarding more than $100,000 over the course of the 2020/2021 academic year. The campaign also introduced, for the first time, scholarship opportunities for students taking courses in the summer.
“I see this as an opportunity to not only grow our scholarship fund and awards, but as an opportunity to invite partners to invest in the future of education here in Northern Wisconsin, at Lac Courte Oreilles, Bad River, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff, and St. Croix,” states Dr. Russell Swagger, President of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College.
While LCOOC has reached and exceeded their initial goal, they are not done yet. During the next year, and beyond, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College will continue to enhance students’ abilities to focus on their education and to release concerns of their financial situations by increasing the campaign goal to $350,000. No gift is too small.