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Giving Challenge

Your gift to Odyssey’s new $100 million enrichment joins contributions from more than 10,000 donors, paving the way for students of high ability and financial need to reach their full promise in college and beyond.

Your gift provides students with direct support. More than 10,000 donors. 71% to goal.

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Odyssey Life-Changing Gifts

The new $100 million plan will enrich Odyssey’s comprehensive support structure by increasing funding for college readiness programs in Chicago Public Schools; reducing family contributions for students with the greatest financial need for books, travel, and other activities; and providing resources for students to fully engage in career advancement and mentorships.

Harriet Heyman, AM’72, and Sir Michael Moritz are funding 50% of the new enrichment plan. It is our challenge—as alumni, parents, families, and friends—to fund the remaining $50 million over 5 years.

Odyssey Giving Challenge

$280M
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Progress to date measures gifts since Odyssey’s inception, including Homer’s original challenge, the new $100M challenge, and gifts from alumni and friends.

As of April 2017

Odyssey Enriching a Holistic Approach

The new $100 million plan enhances Odyssey aid and programming, making it possible to deliver targeted, comprehensive support in high school and college, supplying the resources, mentoring, and connections students need, when they need them.

Odyssey Endowing Our Commitment

Odyssey was established in 2007 through a $100 million gift—then the largest in University history. The anonymous benefactor, dubbed Homer, funded annual costs while gifts from alumni and friends created an endowment to underwrite the program on a permanent basis.

Odyssey has exceeded endowment goals every year thanks to the generosity of more than 10,000 donors. Odyssey alumni believe in the program; nearly 80% donate to the University.

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More than 10,000 donors have contributed to the Odyssey Scholarship Challenge. Through named scholarships, donors can share the value of a Chicago education with a new generation of students while commemorating their UChicago ties by naming Odyssey scholarships in honor of themselves, their families, their graduating class, or anyone they wish to honor.

New Leaders Odyssey Scholarship Funds
New Leaders Odyssey Scholarships are awarded to second- and third-year Odyssey Scholars of exceptional promise. These scholarships underwrite the recipient’s entire University grant and provide a stipend for summer research, travel, or internships.

New Leaders funds named to date include:

  • Barbara B. Dougan New Leaders Odyssey Scholarship
  • Carla Newell New Leaders Odyssey Scholarship
  • Francis W. Dougan New Leaders Odyssey Scholarship
  • Frank Baker and Laura Day New Leaders Odyssey Scholarship
  • Otto-Whalley Family New Leaders Odyssey Scholarship
  • Richard and Ann Pozen New Leaders Odyssey Scholarship
  • Strongin Family New Leaders Odyssey Scholarship
  • Teddy Sherry Memorial New Leaders Odyssey Scholarship

Odyssey Scholarship Funds
Odyssey Scholarship Funds are awarded to students on the basis of financial need and underwrite a portion of the recipient’s University grant.

Odyssey funds named since the Odyssey Challenge began in May 2007 include:

  • Adam David and Mary Elaine Shepard Odyssey Scholarship
  • A.J. Allen & Kathryn Maeglin Odyssey Scholarship
  • Aaron Bell Scholarship
  • Adamas Odyssey Scholarship
  • Alexander Chueh Odyssey Scholarship
  • Alok and Shanthi Gaur Odyssey Scholarship
  • Alper Odyssey Scholarship
  • Alumni Odyssey Scholarship
  • Amy and Leon Kass Odyssey Scholarship
  • Amy H. Chan Odyssey Scholarship
  • Anonymous Odyssey Scholarship
  • AS Scholarship
  • Beatrice Cherimpes Weedman Odyssey Scholarship
  • Bernard Winograd Odyssey Scholarship
  • Bertram Cohler/Goldman Sachs Gives Odyssey Scholarship
  • Betty Sandlow Odyssey Scholarship
  • Bonner Family Scholarship
  • Brinkman-Goebels Odyssey Scholarship
  • Cady Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Carl Gylfe Odyssey Scholarship
  • Casner Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Catherine Cong Ye Memorial Odyssey Scholarship
  • Charles and Irene Custer Odyssey Scholarship
  • Chill Family Scholarship
  • Christopher John Rupright Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1963 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1964 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1965 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1979 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1980 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1981 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1982 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1984 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1985 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1986 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1989 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1994 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1995 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 1999 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 2004 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Class of 2005 Odyssey Scholarship
  • Crown Family Chicago Odyssey Scholarship
  • David & Susan Kreisman Odyssey Scholarship
  • David and Editha Krueger Odyssey Scholarship
  • David and Mari Terman Odyssey Scholarship
  • David B. Stern, Sr. and Jr. Odyssey Scholarship
  • David M. Jaecks Odyssey Scholarship
  • Davis-McGinn Odyssey Scholarship
  • Dayna K. Langfan and Lawrence A. Heller Odyssey Scholarship
  • Delta Delta Literary Society Odyssey Scholarship
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon Odyssey Scholarship
  • Denning Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Diamandakis Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Donald B. Hamister Odyssey Scholarship
  • Dr. and Mrs. Pyung E. Han Odyssey Scholarship
  • Dr. Shirley J. Ilagan Odyssey Scholarship
  • Dream Team Odyssey Scholarship
  • Edgar M. Bowman Odyssey Scholarship
  • Edidin Odyssey Scholarship
  • Edith Cox and Anjele Kalfayan Odyssey Scholarship
  • Edson Keith Sr. Scholarship
  • Edward "Ned" Rosenheim Odyssey Scholarship
  • Edward and Joan Anders Odyssey Scholarship
  • Edward and Patricia Walters Scholarship
  • Elizabeth & Parks McSwain Kinnett Odyssey Scholarship
  • Erna L. Bernstein Odyssey Scholarship
  • Eun Lee Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Evelyn and Charleton Bard Odyssey Scholarship
  • Faye and Andrew Brownfield Odyssey Scholarship
  • Faye D. and Harold G. Berman Odyssey Scholarship
  • Francoise Alnot Meguire Odyssey Scholarship
  • Friedman Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Frederick J. Lesemann Odyssey Scholarship
  • Fumiko and David Hoeft Odyssey Scholarship
  • Gary J. Greenberg Memorial Odyssey Scholarship
  • Gertrude and Morris Josephson Odyssey Scholarship
  • Grant Miller and Anthony Masiello Odyssey Scholarship
  • Guy and Maura Saidenberg Odyssey Scholarship
  • Harold Danenhower, Sr., Odyssey Scholarship
  • Helen Probst Mills and Stuart I. Mills Odyssey Scholarship
  • Henderson House Odyssey Scholarship
  • HHJH Scholarship
  • Hooper Seabrook Odyssey Scholarship
  • Humanist Odyssey Scholarship
  • J. Laurence and JoAn G. Costin Odyssey Scholarship
  • Jackman-Mulvaney Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Jaffe-Hurwich Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Jane and Jary Archer Odyssey Scholarship
  • Janet Wernimont Odyssey Scholarship
  • Jannotta Odyssey Scholarship
  • Jay Hammer and Robin Langfan Hammer Odyssey Scholarship
  • Jeff and Valerie Cohen Odyssey Scholarship
  • Jeffrey T. Foreman Odyssey Scholarship
  • Jerry and Carol Trautschold Odyssey Scholarship
  • John and Ann Amboian Odyssey Scholarship
  • John E. Moody Odyssey Scholarship
  • John Park and Jennifer Chu Odyssey Scholarship
  • John T. and Carrie M. Travers Scholarship
  • John W. Boyer Odyssey Scholarship
  • Joyce R. Ehrhardt Odyssey Scholarship
  • Juanita Chiu Odyssey Scholarship
  • Judith E. Stein Odyssey Scholarship
  • Jump Trading Scholarship
  • Katie A. Nash Odyssey Scholarship
  • Kaufman/Korins Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Keith and Carolyn Conners Odyssey Scholarship
  • Konstantin Shakhnovich Goldman Sachs Gives Odyssey Scholarship
  • Kouji Yamada Odyssey Scholarship
  • Kroko Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Larry and Connie Siegel Odyssey Scholarship
  • Lawrence Miller Odyssey Scholarship
  • Lewak Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Lillian Soldat Odyssey Scholarship
  • Lucinda Fox and John Mancini Odyssey Scholarship
  • M. Louise Cason, MD Odyssey Scholarship
  • M. Louise Cason, MD Odyssey Scholarship II
  • Mak Pak Chiu and Mak Soo Lai Hing Memorial Scholarship
  • Marc Friedman Odyssey Scholarship
  • Marcia Zech Odyssey Scholarship
  • Martin M. and Hanna L. Rosenbaum Odyssey Scholarship
  • Mary Smith Fairbanks, AB '39, Odyssey Scholarship
  • MCS Odyssey Scholarship
  • Melba Newell Phillips Odyssey Scholarship
  • Michael Anthony Keable Odyssey Scholarship
  • Michael D. Ilagan Odyssey Scholarship
  • Morris and Rose Heit Odyssey Scholarship
  • Mo-Yin Chan Odyssey Scholarship
  • Nam Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Norton S. Ginsburg Odyssey Scholarship
  • Ottavio Odyssey Scholarship
  • Pamela and Roni Dersovitz Odyssey Scholarship
  • Pauline and Bernard Lee Odyssey Scholarship
  • Peter Damian Odyssey Scholarship
  • Peter G. and Ilse Ingrid E. Tribby Memorial Scholarship
  • Petersen Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Pey-Heng Chou Kuo Scholarship
  • Phi Delta Theta Odyssey Scholarship
  • Phillip H. Rubin Scholarship
  • Pierluissi Sternberg Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Purcell/Landau Odyssey Scholarship
  • R. LaJeune Bradford Odyssey Scholarship
  • Rada Zocco Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Raj Vansh Kishore Odyssey Scholarship
  • Rajiv and Latika Jain Odyssey Scholarship
  • Red Oak Odyssey Scholarship
  • Rex James Bates Odyssey Scholarship
  • Richard and Nancy Bechtolt Odyssey Scholarships
  • Richard and Vivian Schmidt Odyssey Scholarship
  • Richard C. Atkinson Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Richard C. Atkinson Odyssey Scholarship
  • Richard Choi and Claudia Perry Odyssey Scholarship
  • Richard G. Kerwin Memorial Odyssey Scholarship
  • Robert J. Mitchell and Wayne E. Mayer Odyssey Scholarship
  • Robert Louis Griess, Jr. and Min Zhong Odyssey Scholarship
  • Rose Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Roy and Esther Klowden Odyssey Scholarship
  • Rudin Foundation Odyssey Scholarship in Honor of Carlo Steinman
  • Sandra J. Ilagan Odyssey Scholarship
  • Savas Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Seymour M. Janowitz Odyssey Scholarship
  • Sheldon Danielson Odyssey Scholarship
  • Sir Y. K. Pao Memorial Scholarship
  • Staite Odyssey Scholarship
  • Stanley and Lilyan Beckerman Odyssey Scholarship
  • Ted Cohen Odyssey Scholarship
  • The First State Odyssey Scholarship
  • Theo and Wendy Kolokotrones Odyssey Scholarship
  • Thurnauer Scholarship
  • University of Chicago Club of Hong Kong Scholarship
  • Voukadinov Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Walter Hass Odyssey Scholarship
  • Ward and Louise Upton Odyssey Scholarship
  • West Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Wiener Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • Wiley Family Odyssey Scholarship
  • William and Lillian Bogolub Odyssey Scholarship
  • William W. Tongue Odyssey Scholarship
  • Woong Dal Park and Myong Suk Park Odyssey Scholarship
  • Yi Zhi Odyssey Scholarship
  • Young Du Chung and Lisa Anne Chin Odyssey Scholarship