February 8, 2018 /
million Chu Housing Scholarships to benefit VU students
Ind. - Vincennes University students will soon find college more
affordable, thanks to a new housing scholarship sponsored by David
Chu, chair of the C.W. Chu Foundation, who has donated $1.1 million
David Chu Housing Scholarship will help many students, particularly
since it addresses a cost not included in many financial aid
packages. The Chu Scholarships will help bridge this gap, opening
new opportunities to pursue college degrees, reducing the total cost
of attendance as well as student loan debt. Another motivation for
providing scholarships to help with housing costs is to encourage
students to take advantage of the full college experience offered by
Vincennes University. For all of these reasons we are tremendously
grateful to David Chu for his generous support,” said VU President
students will benefit from $1 million of the donation. The
additional $100,000 will support VU’s efforts to establish and
enhance relationships with schools and colleges in China, toward the
goal of increasing Chinese student enrollment and enhancing
international exchange between VU and Chinese students and faculty.
studies have documented the positive impacts on-campus living has on
student success. According to Brent Magruder, associate director of
VU Admissions, students appreciate housing scholarships because it
covers what can be an overlooked cost. “These housing scholarships
not only bridge some or all of the cost of living on campus, but
they also enable students to benefit from fully participating in the
diversity of campus life.”
who have received housing scholarships also cite the many advantages
of living on campus. Justin Wagler, a civil engineering major, is
among the VU students who currently benefit from a housing
scholarship. “The scholarship has taken a lot of pressure off of me,
not having to worry about housing, and it allows me to focus on my
education that much more," Wagler said.
Oetjen of Marshall, Ill., has also benefitted from receiving a
housing scholarship. Oetjen said, “I can be more involved with
events and organizations on campus. VU does a really great job of
providing activities for students outside of the academic areas."
in the mid-1960s and continuing into the 1980s, the C.W. Chu
Foundation of Hong Kong provided scholarships for more than 700 Hong
Kong students to study in the U.S. Many of these students began
their undergraduate studies at VU and went on to complete advanced
degrees at institutions such as Purdue, MIT, and Stanford, and then
going on to become prominent community members.
recognition of this history, David Chu and the C.W. Chu Foundation
received a VU Legacy Award from VU in November 2015. The award
recognized the Foundation for its longtime support for VU students.
recently, in October 2017, many successful Chu Foundation Scholar
alumni attended a reunion at the VU campus which included the
awarding of an honorary doctorate in education to David Chu for his
personal efforts to support education in China and the U.S., along
with the dedication of the C.W. Chu Pavilion in Updike Hall. The Chu
Pavilion features an exhibition of 44 beautiful artifacts, including
rare works dating back to the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127).
Ranging from statuettes to vases, jars, cups, bowls, and dishes, the
collection represents a long span of Chinese history through the
Qing dynasty Guangxu reign (1875-1908). Johnson Wong, VU ’79,
attended VU thanks to the support of C.W. Chu.
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state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional
sites such as Indianapolis, Lebanon, and Gibson County. A leader in
developing Early Colleges statewide, VU also offers instruction at
military sites throughout the nation.
addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 24 other states, and 20
countries, who benefit from tuition and fees that are the lowest
among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the
Higher Learning Commission.
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only two colleges in the nation founded by a President of the United
States. William Henry Harrison founded VU while serving as governor
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