College of Saint Benedict gets a $10M donation – the school's largest gift ever

The donation will be used to give students more hands-on learning opportunities.
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The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) got $10 million from an anonymous donor.

According to a news release, this is the largest gift the St. Joseph school has ever received. It will be used to open a Center for Ethical Leadership in Action.

The purpose of the center is to give students more hands-on learning opportunities – like studying abroad, undergraduate research, and internships.

Saint Benedict and Saint John's both require students to complete four credits of some sort of experiential learning as part of their core curriculum.

However, the school notes that not all students are able to afford unpaid internships or other opportunities. That's where the Center for Ethical Leadership in Action comes in.

It'll offer stipends to students who might not otherwise be able to afford to do those things.

Saint Benedict plans to start awarding stipends as early as this summer.

“Saint Ben’s is overwhelmed by the generosity of this gift,” said Kathy Hansen, vice president of institutional advancement at the school.

You can watch the full statement from the school's president here.

Last year – for the 12th year in a row – Open Doors ranked CSB and SJU among the top baccalaureate schools in the U.S. for the number of students who studied abroad.

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