The University of Louisville recently announced that it was increasing its fundraising goal from $740 million to $1 billion. Among those in full support is football coach Charlie Strong. Here’s the Tuesday news release:

Coach Charlie Strong and family are donating $150,000 to a University of Louisville scholarship program that helps low-income students earn college degrees.

Their gift will create a Charlie, Vicki, Hailee and Hope Strong Scholarship in UofL’s existing Cardinal Covenant program.

“We feel fortunate that we are in a position to help young men and women achieve their hopes and dreams of a better future through higher education,” Charlie Strong said. “We will be proud to know that we were a part of helping them secure their educational goals.”

Cardinal Covenant pays tuition, room and board costs not covered by other grants and scholarships for Kentucky students whose family income is at or below 150 percent of the poverty level. To qualify, students must have a high school grade point average of at least 2.5, an ACT score of 20 or higher and must graduate within five years.

Strong is making the gift through UofL’s fund raising campaign, “Charting Our Course” So far, the campaign has raised $520 million for student services, scholarships, infrastructure improvements and recruitment and retention of top faculty.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Strong gives $150,000 to U of L campaign”
  1. God bless Coach Strong. You know, if you try hard enough you can interpret this as a sign that he plans to stay for a while…

    1. I would love to interpret it this way and, while there’s no comparison between the two as individuals, one Bobby Petrino also made a similar gift to U of L while he was here.

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