Record-Sized Gift for NMU

Northern Michigan University has just received the largest single gift in its history.

It’s $5 million, and it’ll help NMU attract high–achieving students.

John Berry graduated from NMU 40 years ago.

He and his wife Shirley once gave $2 million to help build the berry events center.

They want to elevate the academic experience of all students by attracting students who could have chosen to go to college anywhere.

John Berry says he didn’t know how prepared he was for the business world until he entered the work force and saw that NMU had given him a very sound foundation.

He wants to support an institution that has meant a great deal to him personally and professionally.

The Berry Scholarship will be awarded to incoming freshmen of high academic ability, with a preference for students in the Honors Program who plan to pursue a major in the College of Business.

NMU president Dr. Les Wong says these are students who want to make a difference in the business world, and he says NMU is the sort of place that prepares them to do so.

And the scholarship is already in place.

One of the two incoming freshmen for this fall who’ve been named Berry scholars drove north 10 hours with her mother to be there for the announcement tonight.