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10:10 Scholarship Challenge

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Taylor University has received a landmark $20 million gift—the largest in the school's 177-year history—dedicated exclusively to student scholarships, enabling more students the opportunity of a Taylor education. The anonymous gift will serve as the catalyst for a scholarship challenge match where each gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, from $10 to $10 million. The endeavor is named the 10:10 Scholarship Challenge which alludes to Jesus’ words in John 10:10 that He came to give “life to the full.” The University recently adopted this verse as inspiration for their new brand rollout, Life to the Full.

This transformational gift will turn $20 million into $40 million for student scholarships, funding seven new scholarship categories. We invite alumni and friends to make an investment that will extend Taylor's reach to even more deserving students, equipping them to be servant-leaders committed to carrying the light and faith of Christ to a world in need.

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Scholarship Categories

Double Your Gift

Give to the 10:10 Scholarship Challenge and your gift—from $10 to $10 million—will be doubled!

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Under $10,000

Your gift under $10,000 will fund the 10:10 Scholarship Challenge in one of the seven categories of the Universityʼs choice.


If your gift is between $10,000 and $49,999, you can give to one of seven categories that correspond with your giving passion.

$50,000 or more

When you give a gift of $50,000 or more, you can name a fund in one of the seven categories and be connected with a student!

$100,000 or more

You can give to an existing endowed scholarship with a gift of $100,000 or more.

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This is an unprecedented opportunity to make an investment in our extraordinary students. Contact Kristie Jacobson or a Regional Development Director to learn how you can be a part of the important work of developing servant-leaders committed to carrying the light and faith of Christ to a world in need.

Steve Ford

Regional Director of Development—Chicago Area & Southwestern States

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Tom Green

Regional Director of Development—Northeastern States

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Holly Schambach

Regional Director of Development—Chicago Area & Northwestern States

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Kyle Windebank

Regional Director of Development—Southeastern States

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Kent Yost

Regional Director of Development—Indiana, Illinois, Michigan & Ohio

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10:10 Scholarship Challenge FAQs

What is a scholarship challenge match?

Taylor has received a gift of $20 million that will be leveraged to make Taylor more accessible. If you give to one of the seven endowed scholarships identified as Taylor’s greatest need, your gift will be DOUBLED, dollar-for-dollar. 

Can I name a scholarship in honor of a person or family member?

Yes. If you give $50,000 or more, you may name an endowed fund within one of the seven categories.

Will I hear from my recipient? Can I remain anonymous?

Yes, your gift can be anonymous, or you can choose to hear from the recipient. Each year, the annual President’s Dinner or Scholarship Reception provides an opportunity to hear a student’s story, experiences at Taylor, and their aspirations once they graduate.

Can I give my gift over three to five years?

Yes, gifts of $10,000 and above can be given over a three- to five-year period. You may give with stock, donor-advised funds, or through your IRA or other non-cash assets. You may set up automatic monthly or annual gifts from your checking, savings, or credit card. 

Can I direct my scholarship to a specific student?

You can help students in an area of interest, but you cannot specify a student due to IRS regulations. By selecting one of our seven scholarship categories that match your passion, you can help a student (determined by Taylor) with high financial need, a student representing Kingdom diversity, a top scholar, a dependent of those in Christian missions or service, a legacy student whose parents or sibling have had the Taylor experience, a student-athlete, or a global student who brings the world to Taylor.

Who manages an endowed scholarship?

Taylor uses multiple investment advisors to manage our endowed portfolio. These fund managers are regularly reviewed to ensure our endowments are optimized and balanced to provide the best yields while safeguarding the investment. The award is calculated using a 60-month rolling average of the scholarship principal. This avoids dramatic swings in the amount that is awarded annually.

Are gifts to scholarships tax-deductible?

Yes, Taylor is a 501(c)(3) organization that issues tax-deductible receipts. As part of making your gift, check with a trusted financial advisor to maximize the potential of your donation.