Challenge Programs: Challenge Grants

Period of Performance

12/1/2008 - 7/31/2014

Funding Totals (matching)

$485,000.00 (approved)
$485,000.00 (offered)
$485,000.00 (awarded)

Endowment Support to Advance the Humanities at Donnelly College

FAIN: CH-50765-10

Donnelly College (Kansas City, KS 66102-4298)
David-Michael Allen (Project Director: May 2009 to June 2014)
Melissa Lenos (Project Director: June 2014 to July 2015)

Endowment for a faculty position in Philosophy and Ethics and for a lecture series; direct expenditures for library acquisitions.

The Donnelly College NEH Challenge Grant proposal seeks to ensure high-quality, integrated humanities instruction by endowing a faculty position in Philosophy and Ethics in keeping with our institutional mission, and simultaneously seeks to ensure the future of a significant campus humanities event, the Sister Jerome Keeler Distinguished Lecture Series. Additionally, this proposal seeks to establish a small endowment to support the acquisition of full-text database resources in the humanities, and provides for a small direct expenditure budget to equip the humanities classrooms with instructional technology.

Media Coverage

Nice Grant if you can get it (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ben Gose
Publication: Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: 4/18/2010
Abstract: Students from Donnelly College, which won a $485,000 grant from the NEH, visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.
URL: http://

Interdisciplinary Focus for First-year Seminar (Review)
Author(s): Jennifer Price,
Publication: Donnelly Digest - Quarterly Newsletter for Alumni & Friends
Date: 12/15/2010
URL: http://

Associated Products

Sonia Nazario Lecture (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Sonia Nazario Lecture
Abstract: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario will be on campus speaking to our students about her best-selling book, Enrique’s Journey, which all Donnelly freshmen read this year. Hear her presentation and mingle during a book sale and signing from Rainy Day Books. This will be Donnelly’s inaugural event in our new Sister Jerome Keeler Lecture Series established in part by the National Endowment for Humanities.
Author: Sonia Nazario
Date: 04/06/2015
Location: Donnelly College Event Center
Primary URL: http://

DIME (Catalog)
Title: DIME
Author: Editor: Dr. Melissa Lenos
Abstract: Each spring, Dime (pronounced “DEE-may”): The Arts and Literary Journal of Donnelly College is released. Our students’ submissions make up the journal; additionally, the launch includes presentation of the Sister Mary Faith Schuster Awards for writing and visual arts. (printed 2013, 2014, 2015)
Year: 2013
Primary URL: http://
Primary URL Description: The DIME web page within Donnelly College's main academic site
Catalog Type: Other
Publisher: Donnelly College