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PLU Receives $14,000 in NADA Foundation Grants

PLU Receives $14,000 in NADA Foundation Grants

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Karen Hille Phillips center behind the crocus blooming on a sunny spring day at PLU on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Photo/John Froschauer)

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May 21, 2015
By PLU Marketing & Communications

TACOMA, Wash. (May 21, 2015)—Pacific Lutheran University has received two $7,000 grants from the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.

The donations were made through the NADA Foundation’s Joseph J. Sanchez Memorial Fund, which supports the emergency needs of students, and the John P. Winston Sr. Memorial Fund, dedicated to the study of ethics.

“We are deeply grateful to the NADA Foundation’s gift to support the emergency needs of students and ethics programs,” said PLU President Thomas W. Krise. “With more than a quarter of our students eligible for the federal Pell Grant program, the university has a number of students who walk a fine line with their finances. When an emergency arises, these students are especially vulnerable to disruptions in their incomes. This NADA Foundation grant will help soften the blow of emergencies for these students.”

The NADA Foundation established the fund to honor Sanchez, former vice president and general manager of General Motors’ Oldsmobile division and the first president of Saturn Corporation. Since 1985, the Sanchez fund has provided $550,000 in grants to private and independent colleges across the country.

Winston, a past NADA corporate secretary, was an accomplished attorney dedicated to ethical practices. The Winston fund, which was established in 1990, has provided $518,000 in grants.

“Thanks to the 500-year tradition of Lutheran higher education, the university has rich academic and co-curricular programs in ethics and ethics-related subjects,” Krise added. “This grant will be put to excellent use.”