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.
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.
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
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 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.
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: