Loras College has received an estate gift of more than $3.2 million from the late Rev. William Wilkie, a 1950 graduate and professor emeritus of history. The gift will supplement the William E. Wilkie Fund to bring the total endowment to over $3.5 million.
The fund will support six programs and awards: The William E. Wilkie Liturgical Program, William E. Wilkie Double Major Scholarship, Wilkie Classic Film Collection Fund, Professor William Green Senior History Award, Monsignor William D. Green Award, and the Roger Rechenmacher Scholarship Award for Creativity.
Wilkie died in May 2017 at the age of 87.
Built upon Wilkie’s desire for Loras students to “nobly obtain a professional major to make a living, and liberal arts major to make a life,” the William E. Wilkie Double Major Scholarship, established in 2017, is awarded annually to support students double majoring in subjects that qualify for this scholarship.
Wilke, an ardent local historian, published Dubuque on the Mississippi in 1987. The massive volume has become one of the best sources for Dubuque history. In May 1998, after 41 years, Wilkie retired from Loras and named professor emeritus. In 2000, he retired from the priesthood.
In other news, Loras College has received a $649,065 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program. It builds on the College’s award-winning, community-based learning programs, and works to prepare students to fill critical workforce needs. The program is projected to begin in the fall.