Quincy University has announced a $300,000 gift to the school’s financial recovery fundraising campaign from the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart. The Friars founded what was then known as St. Francis Solanus College in 1860 and have continued to provide their financial support and service through present day Quincy University.

“For 157 years the Franciscan Province has been committed to the education and the empowerment of young men and women,” said Father Bill Spencer OFM, provincial minister of the Franciscan Friars Sacred Heart Province. “This special financial contribution signifies the importance of Quincy University in the history and life of the Province.  It likewise represents the Province’s ongoing support of the mission, especially for future generations.”

The gift is a major step forward in the university’s $7M financial recovery fundraising campaign that began in November 2016. With this investment, the campaign is now 33% towards its five-year goal.

“We are profoundly grateful not only for this generous financial investment but also for the years of dedicated service the Franciscans have given to Quincy University,” said Dr. Robert Gervasi, president of Quincy University. “The Friars are called to be instruments of change in our world and we continue to see them emulate that alongside our supportive alumni and friends who have stepped up to help QU during this challenging time.”

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adults education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information,please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275.