University of Portland
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University of Portland announces $100,000 RISE Campaign gift from Debra and John Burns to honor Debra's mother and assist students in School of Education

University of Portland has announced a $100,000 RISE Campaign gift from Debra A. and John D. Burns to establish the Dolores Casciato Lomax Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship honors Debra’s mother, who passed away in 2012.

The Scholarship is for full-time students who are enrolled in the University’s School of Education and demonstrate financial need.

Dolores "Dolly" was born in 1934, and her family is one of Southeast Portland's pioneer Italian families. Dolores attended the University of Portland before marrying Gary Lomax upon his return from the Korean War. They raised three children in Portland.

Dolores was a homemaker and was widely known for her Italian cooking skills and magnificent weekly dinners overflowing with family and friends. She was a lifelong volunteer at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, touching the lives of countless parishioners. In 2003, the Paulist Fathers honored her with the Isaac T. Hecker (the Paulist Founder) Award for Outstanding Christian Witness and Commitment.

The gift is part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million by 2014. The RISE Campaign, which has raised more than $162 million to date, is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.

The campaign’s goals are divided into four major themes, each with funding targets: (1) Pursuing academic excellence and faculty funding – $70 million; (2) Providing access for all students and direct assistance – $45 million; (3) Developing faith and leadership – $10 million; and (4) Enriching the campus community and physical resources – $50 million.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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