Recent donations have created two new programs for student aid, the Mark and Kathleen Helge Endowed Program for Students and Philanthropy and the Conrad Scholars program. The two programs will provide opportunities for student development and advancement within the Valpo community.

Alumni Rev. Mark Helge ‘71 and Kathleen Koepp Helge ‘71 donated $2 million to establish the Mark and Kathleen Helge Endowed Program for Students and Philanthropy, which will provide support for an integrated philanthropy program focused for students. It will teach students throughout their four years how to become leaders and why this is important. One of the hopes of this program is that it will expand the Valpo pillars to include “generosity” to the current “leadership and service” ethos that the university holds.

Kathleen Koepp Helge graduated with a bachelor of science in biology, and Mark Helge graduated with a bachelor of arts in history. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2006.

The Helges have been benefactors before with their donations that funded the addition to the Chapel of the Resurrection and the addition of the Kathleen and Mark Helge Center.

Starting in the fall of 2018, the university will begin the Conrad Scholars, a program for high-need, high-ability students. This over $1.4 million endowment will be offered to 20 students and has been generously made available by Linnea Conrad Roberts ‘84 and the Roberts Foundation. The recipients of this scholarship will receive $5,000 a year.

In an article written about this program, the University states, “The robust, dedicated program will provide scholarships, mentoring, academic success assistance and peer coaching to incoming high-need, high-ability Valpo students.”

Students in this program will receive their scholarship for four years and will have a program coordinator and faculty mentor that they can turn to and seek for guidance.

Roberts graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and joined the Board of Directors in 2003. Her mother, Ginger Simpson Conrad ’55, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in speech and drama, and her brother, Cary Conrad ’79, graduated with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering.

Both of these gifts, the Mark and Kathleen Helge Endowed Program for Students and Philanthropy and the Conrad Scholars program, help support the Forever Valpo: The Campaign for Our Future campaign that was launched in September of 2016.

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