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More than 675 noncredit continuing education courses, grants, fellowships, scholarships, an endowed professorship, summer internships and more – all describe enterprises of The Alumnae of Northwestern University, which is celebrating the 100th year of the organization’s founding.

In 1916, 30 Northwestern alumnae joined together to support fundraising for a Women’s Building on campus. By 1938, the group had contributed $167,682 to the construction of Scott Halls’ facilities for men and women. Since then, The Alumnae has developed many more projects that benefit the University – to date more than $7.5 million has been given back to the school to support education and research.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary and look to the future in its second century, The Alumnae is establishing The Alumnae Centennial Endowment for Undergraduate Research. Funds from the endowment, administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research, will support students from all academic areas and give them opportunities to develop and complete independent research and creative projects. The Alumnae’s leadership gift of $750,000, toward its goal of one million dollars, was made during the Northwestern Alumni Association’s Leadership Symposium on Sept. 11, heralding the beginning of the Centennial year.