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Holland Foundation Gifts $3 Million to College of Saint Mary to Support Undocumented Students

Monday, January 22, 2024

OMAHA, Neb. – College of Saint Mary (CSM) is pleased to announce a $3 million gift from The Holland Foundation to support the University’s Misericordia Scholarship, awarded to undocumented students from diverse backgrounds who are not eligible for federal financial assistance. Through the foundation’s generosity, six students will receive the Dick and Mary Holland Scholarship each year.

“A gift of this magnitude is incredibly impactful for College of Saint Mary and the women who receive this scholarship,” said Terri Campbell, vice president of alumni and donor relations. “The University and our students are forever grateful.”

As part of receiving this annual scholarship, each student will learn about the late Dick and Mary Holland and their legacy of generosity to CSM and to the Omaha community. The Hollands have donated more than $6 million in support of CSM students since the inception of their foundation in 2003.

“It was very important to Dick and Mary that all children and young adults have the same opportunities in life, especially when it came to their education,” said Deb Love, president of The Holland Foundation. “In addition, the couple were champions of young women, helping them prepare for lifelong success.”

The donation, Love said, continues the Hollands’ legacy of giving back. “They truly believed philanthropy was a duty for those with such means,” she said.

The Misericordia Scholarship was established in 2006 and serves approximately 30 to 40 students annually.