Contributions sought for Hesburgh Scolarship

Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND -- Some University of Notre Dame women alumni have established a scholarship fund to honor the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, who will turn 90 years old May 25.

Hesburgh was Notre Dame's president from 1952 to 1987. It was under his leadership that Notre Dame in 1972 began admitting women undergraduates.

The Thanking Father Ted Foundation is seeking to collect $100,000 in donations by May 25 for the fund, said alumna Ann Therese Darin Palmer, of Lake Forest, Ill. "We just started last week, and we already have $35,000," she said.

The foundation later this year will publish a book of reflections and thanks from women graduates about coeducation at Notre Dame. The book, titled "Thanking Father Ted: Thirty-Five Years of Notre Dame Coeducation: 1972-2007," will be released in August.

The foundation will host a weekend of events on campus in August for all who contributed essays to the book.All proceeds from book sales will go toward the scholarship fund.

To contribute to the Hesburgh scholarship fund, see the Web site:

Online contributions can be made using a credit card. Contributors should note when paying online that their donation is intended for the Hesburgh Scholarship Fund.