An alum’s $20-million gift has allowed a college in the region to create a new scholarship program primarily for “students of color, first-generation college students and students from lower-income families.”
Kalamazoo College said today it established the Jon L. Stryker Future Leaders Scholarship Program through the donation from Jon Stryker.
The program, beginning in academic year 2018-2019, will provide $2 million in scholarships annually over the next 10 years and aims to further the college’s goal to promote diversity within its student body.
“We are incredibly grateful to Jon Stryker for this remarkable gift that opens the doors of our unique institution to students who otherwise would not have this opportunity,” said Jorge Gonzalez, president, Kalamazoo College.
“The future of our society depends on our ability to develop leaders from diverse backgrounds.”
Stryker and the college both hope his donation will encourage other alumni, family and friends to donate as well.
“Supporting a pathway to higher education for all people is a highly effective way to break the cycles of marginalization and inequality that continue to plague this country,” Stryker said.
“There is much more work to be done, and my hope is to inspire more members of the Kalamazoo College community to make additional contributions to support diverse students at K.”
Stryker earned his B.A. in biology from Kalamazoo College in 1982 and a master of architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.
Stryker also serves on the Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees and has made more than $10 million in funding grants to support the college’s study-abroad program and enrollment diversity efforts.
In 2000, he established the Arcus Foundation to support the advancement of LGBT civil rights globally and the conservation of the world’s great apes. The foundation has offices in Kalamazoo, New York and Cambridge, England.
He is the grandson of Dr. Homer Stryker, the late founder of Kalamazoo-based Stryker (NYSE: SYK), a maker of medical devices and equipment. Jon Stryker's estimated net worth is $3.2 billion, based on the close of stock trading yesterday, according to Forbes.com.