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The Audrey G. Ratner Endowments will create, sustain, and grow opportunities and strong programming for generations of students across Loyola. Made possible by a generous $10 million commitment from the TAWANI Foundation, the endowments will strengthen Loyola’s ability to educate future teachers, support today’s veterans and their dependents, develop innovative programs, push the boundaries of literacy disorders and dyslexia research, and provide scholarships and residential support to ROTC cadets. The foundation’s commitment includes a $5 million challenge to the Loyola community. All gifts in support of these five important priorities will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the foundation, up to $5 million, giving your gift twice the impact.

Audrey Ratner portrait

Audrey G. Ratner (BSEd ’78) is an educator, philanthropist, and Loyola alumna who has devoted her life to education.


The Audrey G. Ratner Endowments will provide much-needed funding for three important University initiatives.

Service Endowments
The Endowment for ROTC Scholarships and Stipends$1 million goal

Loyola University Chicago Army ROTC is one of the nation's most sought after Reserve Officers Training Corps programs. Your gift will help fund scholarships and residential support for active cadets enrolled and training at Loyola.

ROTC Scholarships

The Endowment for Veterans Scholarships and Stipends$1 million goal

The Office of Military Veteran Student Services helps veterans and their dependents make the successful transition from military service to college life and beyond. Your gift will fund scholarships and residential support for our military-affiliated students.

Veterans Scholarships

Education Endowments
The Endowment for Future Teachers Scholarships$2 million goal

Your gift will support undergraduate and graduate scholarships to help students interested in becoming teachers and prepare them to meet the challenges of today’s classroom.

Student Scholarships

The Endowmnent for Dyslexia and other Literacy Disorders$500,000 goal

Your gift will enable Loyola's School of Education to develop workshops and other methods of professional development, invite innovative lecturers to campus, and seek new ways to train educators to support people with dyslexia and other literacy disorders.

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Innovation Endowment
The Endowment for President's Innovation Fund$500,000 goal

Innovation is critical to the future of Loyola University Chicago. Your gift will ensure we prepare our students to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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“We believe in the notion that education is the great equalizer in a democracy, transmitting the skills of critical thinking and learning that lead to greater opportunity.”
— Colonel Jennifer Pritzker (BA '79), Illinois Army National Guard (retired), daughter of Audrey G. Ratner, and president of the TAWANI Foundation