VCU School of Business to receive $5M gift from Virginia Credit Union for financial wellness

From left, Ed Grier, dean of the VCU School of Business; Cherry Dale, financial education director, Virginia Credit Union; Chris Shockley, president and CEO, Virginia Credit Union; Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU; Laura Kottkamp, executive director, School of Business Foundation & Corporate Relations; Eric Tolbert, chairman, VACU Board of Directors. (Photo courtesy VCU School of Business)

From left, Ed Grier, dean of the VCU School of Business; Cherry Dale, financial education director, Virginia Credit Union; Chris Shockley, president and CEO, Virginia Credit Union; Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU; Laura Kottkamp, executive director, School of Business Foundation & Corporate Relations; Eric Tolbert, chairman, VACU Board of Directors. (Photo courtesy VCU School of Business)

Virginia Commonwealth University today announced a $5 million gift from Virginia Credit Union to fund two endowments at the VCU School of Business.

The Virginia Credit Union Endowment for Financial Wellness will support new and expanded programming to ensure that the wider VCU community of students, faculty and staff are financially healthy. A new endowed position, the Virginia Credit Union Director for Financial Wellness, will serve as champion of universitywide collaboration and related scholarship. Programming will begin immediately and grow as the pledged endowments are funded over the next five years.

“College affordability is a concern nationwide and for students in the commonwealth. Students must balance their desire for higher education with the challenge of affording it,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. “We want students to make wise financial decisions before they enroll at VCU, while they are students, and as alumni. Our partnership with Virginia Credit Union has addressed this for several years; this gift reinforces how important financial wellness is for VCU and the region.”

“Through our first-ever endowments, we will further our mission to serve the commonwealth of Virginia. These new programs, instruction and research can help VCU students to reduce debt and ensure lifelong financial independence,” said Chris Shockley, president and CEO of Virginia Credit Union.

“Finding solutions to financial challenges, whether personal or professional, is a valuable life skill,” said Ed Grier, dean of the VCU School of Business. “We want to ensure that all VCU students have the financial acumen to make informed decisions impacting their lives. Our partnership with the Virginia Credit Union allows us to amplify our efforts.”

The VCU School of Business enrolls nearly 4,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. More than 15,000 School of Business alumni work in Richmond-based companies.


This article was originally published by VCU News.

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