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Odyssey is UChicago’s comprehensive model for dismantling obstacles to education and careers for talented, hardworking students with financial need. With a five-year, $100 million plan, we will enhance access to education and close the gap between merit and achievement.

Your gift provides students with direct support. More than 10,000 donors. 94% to goal.

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Odyssey Life-Changing Gifts

The $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 enrichment plan. It is our challenge—as alumni, parents, families, and friends—to fund the remaining $50 million over 5 years.

Odyssey Giving Challenge

$332.1M
$0M 25% 50% 75% $350M

Progress to date measures gifts since Odyssey’s inception, including Homer’s original challenge, the $100M challenge set forth by Harriet Heyman, AM’72, and Michael Moritz, and gifts from alumni and friends.

As of NOVEMBER 2017

Odyssey Enriching a Holistic Approach

The $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 Program. 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:

A.J. Allen & Kathryn Maeglin Odyssey Scholarship
Aaron Bell Scholarship
Adam David and Mary Elaine Shepard Odyssey 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
Frederick J. Lesemann Odyssey Scholarship
Friedman Family 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 and Barbara Boyer Odyssey Fund
John E. Moody Odyssey Scholarship
John Park and Jennifer Chu Odyssey Scholarship
John T. and Carrie M. Travers 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
Mo-Yin Chan Odyssey Scholarship
Morris and Rose Heit 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