James Collier Family Endowed Scholarship in Medicine
James and April Collier are no strangers to the importance of charitable giving, especially endowed gifts. They both have established and raised endowed gifts during their many years in the professional field of advancement. It was with considerable pride that James first made a personal gift of this kind to create the Elizabeth Donegan Collier Endowed Scholarship Fund at Sacred Heart Grade School in Yankton, South Dakota. This endowed scholarship, which was created to honor his mother upon her death, benefits grade school students and their parents in need of financial assistance; his mother’s many children attending Sacred Heart Grade School needed such assistance at the time. James and April are pleased that this new endowment, the James Collier Family Endowed Scholarship in Medicine, will help fill a similar need.
James spent 37 years working in higher education administration, including 15 years serving as vice president at the University of Washington. April’s career has included high-level positions at a number of Jesuit institutions, and, at the time of the creation of this endowment, is the vice president for development at Seattle Preparatory School.
In addition to James and April, the immediate James Collier family includes a son and two daughters, as well as six grandchildren. Like their father and grandfather, each bleeds the purple and gold of the University of Washington.
Unquestionably, James and April have great affection for one of the great medical institutions in the world, the UW School of Medicine, and its administrators, medical faculty, staff and students.
The Colliers wish to acknowledge the considerable generosity of the Huckabay family and the matching gift that they have made to this endowment and others like it. They wish also to recognize the professionalism in the UW Medicine Advancement office, in particular two of James’ former UW colleagues, Lynn K. Hogan and Marilyn B. Dunn.