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This year, LER boasted $1.2M in total gifts from 343 donations, 217 of which were from alumni donors.

Of those 343 gifts, only 39 of the donors sought a matching gift. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made to the School by their employees, retirees, and/or spouses. From student scholarships to faculty support, your generosity makes a powerful impact on LER.

Matching gifts could double—or even triple—your contribution to the School. You could be getting “extra credit,” even as a graduate! Learn more about the University’s matching gift program here.

You can make a single gift now or learn more about the various types of gifts and follow up with Cory Hatfield to put your dreams to work for the benefit of our students.


This year, $359,983.50 was given for scholarships, the highest amount of scholarship donations since 2017.

We are proud to announce five new scholarships:

Floyd and Judith Whellan Scholarship

This scholarship is a $50,000 endowment created in honor of Floyd Whellan, AM 62, graduate of the then-Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. Each year, the scholarship will support a student that is interested in pursuing a career in labor relations or becoming a human resource generalist.

Nash-Kamat Family Scholarship

This scholarship is a $27,000 endowment, plus a $1,000/year current use scholarship established by Aaron and Mara, MHRIR 09, Kamat. It will be awarded annually to a female student that demonstrates a strong work ethic and dedication to the community, with an undergraduate degree in Business.

Bianca E. McCann Scholarship

This $25,000 endowed scholarship was established by Bianca McCann, MHRIR 05, and will be awarded to a LER student who has a demonstrated need of financial aid.

Pearlman Family Leadership Scholarship

The Pearlman Family Leadership Scholarship and Endowment was established by Larry, AM 89, and Lisa Pearlman through a $5,000 per year donation in addition to an endowment gift in their estate. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student that has shown a commitment to leadership during their undergraduate years, including leadership in student government, politics, nonprofit organizations or student organizations.

Melissa A. Wiley Student Scholarship

This is a $5,000 per year scholarship created by Melissa Wiley, MHRIR 05, and will be awarded annually to a non-traditional student or one who is returning from the working world to pursue a master’s degree from LER.


This year, LER secured $532,530.00 for Professorships, including the new Milton and Zelda Derber Professorship. Professorships are named faculty appointments that are awarded to the most distinguished scholars for their excellence and prominence in research, teaching, and service. Such appointments signify a distinction beyond that implied by professorial rank. They are typically supported financially by the annual income from an endowment that is the result of private gifts.

The Milton and Zelda Derber Professorship was established by the late Dr. Clara Bloomfield, in honor of her parents. Milton was a founding father of the-then Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and was one of the key intellectual contributors to the field of industrial relations. He taught hundreds of students between 1947 and 1983, as a member of the faculty. Throughout his career he produced a steady stream of informative publications that shaped the contours of the field. This professorship will be awarded to the Dean of the School.

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