The Legacy Challenge

Joanna Perdomo (left), Pritzker Class of 2015 and Margaret Bradley Scholarship recipient, plans to practice primary care in urban areas to help children and families make healthy choices.

Christopher Schell (right), fourth-year PhD student in evolutionary biology and a fellowship recipient, studies coyote biology, hormones, and behavior. He hopes this research will help scientists understand how mammals in general prepare their offspring for success.

Our students’ gifts can change the future of science and patient care—and so can yours.

With the launch of the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact, we also launched the Legacy Challenge.

A core group of Trustees, alumni, and friends are creating a $5 million Challenge fund that will match new gifts of a certain amount for student aid and training. The goal: inspire an additional $10 million in new endowed and expendable funding for MD, PhD, and joint-degree students. 

“I made a gift to help build the matching fund with the hope that the Legacy Challenge will inspire others to make their own gifts and help bring the best and brightest students—from all backgrounds—to UChicago to learn, grow, and thrive.” 

—Emily Nicklin, Chair, University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, Trustee, University of Chicago

Ways to Give

No gift is too small to provide security for students.

Online and Outright Gifts

An online gift is a great way to contribute to student scholarships. Whether $5, $50, or $5,000, all gifts help meet the long-term goal of securing scholarship funding for future students at Pritzker and in the Division of the Biological Sciences.

If you make a gift of $25,000 or more, the Legacy Challenge will provide a 50 percent match—$1 for every $2 you contribute.

Creating a Named Scholarship

You can endow a scholarship fund and name it for yourself or someone you’d like to honor through a commitment of at least $65,000 payable over a period of up to five years. The Legacy Challenge will provide a 50 percent match, bringing your gift up to the $100,000 minimum for endowing a named scholarship.

This gift will support students at Pritzker and the Division of the Biological Sciences for as long as the University of Chicago exists.