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Dains gift establishes ‘transformational’ student success fund

John Dains and his late wife, Stephanie Brooks Dains

Alumnus and emeritus trustee John Dains and his late wife, Stephanie Brooks Dains, also a graduate of Washington University. (Photo: Hilary Hood)

Washington University in St. Louis alumnus and emeritus trustee John Dains has made an $8 million commitment to support an undergraduate student success fund at his alma mater, announced Chancellor Andrew D. Martin.

The endowed fund, to be called the Stephanie Brooks Dains and John Dains Student Success Fund, is named for Dains and his late wife, Stephanie Brooks Dains, also a graduate of Washington University. It dramatically increases funding available to help students with financial need cover emergency and educational enrichment expenses.

“There are certain moments in a university’s history that can be described as transformational. The establishment of the Stephanie Brooks Dains and John Dains Student Success Fund is one of these moments for Washington University,” Martin said. “Because of John’s generous gift, the university will be able to fulfill its moral responsibility to provide our students with the resources needed to thrive at WashU.

“Because of John’s generous gift, the university will be able to fulfill its moral responsibility to provide our students with the resources needed to thrive at WashU.”

Chancellor Andrew D. Martin

“John and his late wife, Stephanie, have a distinguished legacy of helping students at the university in many meaningful ways. This gift continues that legacy and will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our undergraduate students with need.

“I am truly grateful for this much-needed support that will expand and strengthen our efforts to ensure that all students can fully engage in the WashU experience,” Martin said.

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