Barry University has announced that longtime supporters Trish and Dan Bell have committed $1.25 million to the Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin Scholarship fund. Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin was the fifth president of Barry University from 1981 to 2004 and led Barry through time of unprecedented growth. The gift will provide financial support for students who embody Sr. Jeanne’s legacy of academic success and service to community.
Since the Bells and other donors established the Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin Scholarship in 2004, more than 100 students have received support. This gift will extend the support to up to twenty additional students, ensuring cost never prevents promising students from achieving their dream. “The Bells’ generous gift will transform lives,” says Barry University President, Dr. Mike Allen. “At Barry, we proudly serve students who are immensely qualified and determined, but also among the most financially needy in our communities, and many are the first in their families to attend college. With this gift, we will be able to educate even more students who will graduate Barry and succeed professionally but also work to make a positive difference in the world.”
Their giving has focused on supporting underserved communities, particularly in the areas of education and the cultural arts. The Bells’ generosity through this gift directly supports students who demonstrate Barry University’s core commitments of working towards social justice, inclusivity and giving back to one’s community.