Former Mercer University attendees Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald presented the University with a $2 million endowment gift, which will underwrite the University's Center for America's Founding Principles and also established the Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Fund for Advancement of Education in the Dominican Republic.
This fund allows Mercer’s Tift College of Education to provide resources for Dominican professors, secondary teachers, and education students through exchange programs, scholarships, workshops and other collaborations. The program will help them improve their teaching and communication skills, as well as supplement their understanding and use of the English language in teaching, ultimately leading to expanded economic opportunities for Dominican students and the country in general.
“We are grateful to Mercer for helping us to educate generations of young people on our country's founding principles and how these relate to current issues, as well as to aid in the task of improving education in the Dominican Republic," said Mr. McDonald.
About the Center
The Center for America’s Founding Principles is an interdisciplinary, faculty-led program that promotes the study and teaching of the foundational works of western civilization. Mercer is one of a select few institutions in the country and the only one in Georgia that has a Great Books of Western Civilization program as part of its general education curriculum, solidifying the University’s dedication to excellence and innovation. The Center complements this curriculum with programs including lecture series and campus conferences, and seeks to reinforce the importance of a traditional liberal arts education.