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Antioch College Establishes New Scholarship Program

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Al & Donna Denman become inaugural contributors

(Yellow Springs, Ohio, Jan. 11, 2017) – Antioch College has established the New Generations Scholarship Program, a new scholarship fund enabling future students to receive an Antioch education. Al and Donna Denman, two longtime pillars of the Antioch and Yellow Springs communities, are the fund's inaugural contributors, and encourage others to join them.

Al and Donna Denman have given a generous scholarship that provides full support for three students to attend Antioch College, beginning in the 2017-18 academic year. The Al and Donna Denman New Generations Scholarship will cover tuition, room and board for each student’s four years at Antioch.

In making this gift, the Denmans wanted to underscore their belief in the future of Antioch College and the unique, life-changing education it offers to young people. 

By choosing to fund scholarships, the Denmans are directing their generosity towards providing access for students who might otherwise be unable to attend Antioch. The College has identified such funding as a top strategic priority and created the New Generations Scholarship Program to meet the need. The Denmans hope others among alumni and friends of the school will be similarly inspired to support current and future Antiochians by underwriting New Generations Scholarships. 

“Antioch, Yellow Springs and our lives have been so closely intertwined the last 52 years, it was completely natural for us to ask what we can do when we heard the College needs more students,” said the Denmans.

“We know many highly qualified students would love to come but they lack financial support, in whole or part. So, naturally we thought we could and should offer to fund some scholarships. Others might be prompted to do something similar, according to their means.”

Al Denman, 89, has been an invaluable and beloved member of the Antioch College community for more than 50 years. During his career, he served as a professor of philosophy of law and religion, the College’s pastor, and the leader of a long-running conversation series on public issues. He lent his unique voice and perspective to the efforts to reopen Antioch College as an independent institution, and continues to participate in community events on campus.

Donna Denman, 82, has been active in Yellow Springs and the surrounding area for many years, both in her professional career as a public housing executive and in her spiritual practice as one of the founders of the Yellow Springs Dharma Center.

The Denmans’ four children attended Antioch College: Donn Denman '79, a software engineer at Google (formerly with Apple, where he started as a co-op student) in Los Gatos, CA.; Todd Denman '81, a musician, in San Francisco; Linnea Denman '83, a teacher, in Yellow Springs; and Matt Denman '87, retired from Apple, in Yellow Springs.

“On behalf of the entire Antioch College community, I’d like to thank the Denmans for this wonderful act of generosity,” said Antioch College President Tom Manley. “In addition to enabling more students to receive the benefits of an Antioch educational experience, their gift reflects the spirit with which they conduct their lives and the value of acting to make the world better rather than only wishing it might be. We are honored by their gift and the confidence it shows in the Antioch mission.”

“The Board of Trustees extends its gratitude and appreciation to the Denmans for the commitment they have made to the College’s future,” said board Chairman Malte von Matthiessen.  “This is a highly significant moment in Antioch’s continuing rebirth, and bodes well for our future success.”

Additional information about Antioch College’s New Generations Scholarship Program is available from Susanne Hashim, Vice President for Advancement, at shashim@antiochcollege.edu or (937) 319-0163.

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About Antioch College
Antioch College is a groundbreaking and progressive institution and community, dedicated to winning victories for humanity.  Antioch students apply their classroom learning in the world at-large, through extended co-op work placements with national and international organizations. Antioch teaches and lives its commitments to educational innovation, an engaged campus community, and the pursuit of social justice in all its forms. Antioch College is located in Yellow Springs, OH, in the heart of the Miami Valley. Learn more at www.antiochcollege.edu and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.