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Grainger Challenge


Dear Alumni, Family and Friends,

The University of Montevallo has a rich tradition of providing a high quality, affordable education that prepares students to succeed professionally and personally. As an alumnus, I know the importance of the education and unique experience the University of Montevallo provides. Along with my wife Donna, we have been able to see how individuals can make a profound difference on the University and its students. We are writing other alumni, parents and friends to ask you to join us and be part of the Lead Gift in University’s Comprehensive Campaign.

We are establishing the “Grainger Challenge” to support the Stephens College of Business.  We will match all gifts and pledges made to the School of Business at a 2 to 1 ratio. As an incentive for recent graduates, the match will be 3 for 1 for any student or graduate since the year 2000.  The match timeline starts now and concludes at Homecoming 2015. The goal is to establish a Stephens College of Business Endowed Distinguished Professorship with $250,000 and a $500,000 Grainger Endowed Chair in Business and Accounting.

With an endowed professorship and chair, the University of Montevallo Stephens College of Business will be able to attract and retain outstanding faculty who have distinguished themselves through their research and scholarly activity. These positions are among the highest and most prestigious appointments at any institution. Moreover, they increase the visibility of the University and aid in attracting additional high‐quality faculty, superior students, and external resources for research, creative activity, instruction, and service. Endowed chair and professorship candidates are expected to have an established record of outstanding intellectual achievement in research and education, as measured by scholarly activity, an international professional reputation, and a demonstrated ability for leadership.

We invite you to accept the “Grainger Challenge” to support the University of Montevallo and the Stephens College of Business with a gift or pledge. Remember, Donna and I will match every dollar you contribute with a 2 or 3 to 1 match. But most importantly, the personal satisfaction you will receive from your part of making a difference is immeasurable. Thank you for your support.

Michael J. Grainger

Grainger Challenge Pledge Form

  • Downloadable Pledge Form download

    Please complete and return this form to:
    UM Foundation and Office of Advancement & Alumni Affairs
    Station 6215
    Montevallo, AL 35115