2020 Impact Outcomes - Generosity Matters

November 18, 2020

Generosity Matters at BCU

In 1930, with a vision and the generous donations of $25,000 from Sioux City businessmen, Briar Cliff was dedicated. 90 years later that same generosity matters at BCU. Thank you to our generous benefactors who have made these and other donor funded scholarships and projects possible. Thanks to your generosity we have raised $4,838,732 the 2019-2020 academic year, allowing Briar Cliff to improve learning and living environments, support students during this pandemic, and increase access to a quality and affordable education.


Improving Learning & Living Environments

Meis Recital Hall & Ground Floor Heelan Hall received extensive upgrades

426 new wifi access points were installed in 4 residence halls

Expanded academic student support services

Expanded financial literacy education for first generation students

Talent Search received a $333,500 grant from the US Department of Education

The Andrea Norton Outdoor Classroom, a student led project, was completed

Expanded outdoor seating in Heffernan Mall with 4 new picnic tables made from recycled plastic bags

Newman Flanagan received a new digital scorer’s table and upgraded cameras in NFC to improve viewer experience for online sports

Business learning classroom received upgrades and new technology

New roofs were installed in Our Lady of Grace Chapel and Toller Hall

Hosted the first 1930 Women’s Leadership Summit, which funds scholarships for future female leaders

Art Works received $10,000 from the National Endowment of the Arts, $30,000 from Iowa REAP Conservation Education Program, and $34,502 from the M.A. Martin Everist Foundation.


Supporting Students Through COVID

Awarded emergency scholarships to 580 students

Expanded online learning platforms and technology to enhance online learning experience

Charger Cupboard received a $1000 grant from Delta Dental Foundation of Iowa for food and hygiene products

Funded health and safety kits for students, faculty and staff returning to campus


Increasing Access through Scholarships

246 New Annual and Endowed Scholarships

Funded 12 new Board Promise Scholarships

Increased access to scholarships for non-athlete students that are engaged with an on-campus student organizations


Briar Cliff University Welcomes New Campus Minister, Sr. Stella Nneji, S.M.

Briar Cliff University Announces Spring 2024 Dean's List

Briar Cliff University Announces New Provost, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs