You care about the opportunities available for students to get involved at Creighton University. You understand that what takes place outside of the classroom can be just as important as what occurs inside of it. When you give to the Parent Fund at Creighton, you help the University provide the many student opportunities that make up the Creighton experience, such as activities, clubs, organizations and service opportunities.
To give to the Parent Fund, you don’t have to be a parent of a Creighton student. You could be a grandparent, a friend or share any other type of connection to a Creighton student—past or present. You could also make a donation to the Parent Fund in honor of a loved one or someone special in your life.
You can make a one-time gift, divide your gift into several payments or establish an ongoing, automatic gift payment. Giving to the Parent Fund is easy: Simply complete this online form.
John Hollowed credits Creighton University for shaping his oldest son, John J. Hollowed Jr., into the person he is today. John Jr. graduated from the School of Medicine in 2014 and is completing his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“John’s experiences and education brought out his compassion and care for his fellow human beings,” says Hollowed. “John is a fine young man, but there is no doubt Creighton has played a part in developing him into a great person and an excellent doctor.”
Hollowed Sr. holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. He earned a law degree from Seattle University and currently serves as the legal and policy advisor for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission in Olympia, Wash.
Hollowed says the educations that he; his wife, Anne Babcock Hollowed, PhD; and their children, John Jr., Thomas and Madolyn, have received have connected them to many different colleges and universities.
“They have all been good schools and provided excellent educations,” says Hollowed. “But Creighton offers something more and it has left a significant impression on me.”
Hollowed says that it was a response by John Jr. that led to his decision to include Creighton in his will for an unrestricted gift to the School of Medicine.
“It was something he said to me after his first year,” says Hollowed. “I asked him how his first year of medical school had been and he responded, ‘Great, I feel like I’m part of a big family.’ That always struck me as a unique response to describe a college experience.”
Hollowed describes Creighton University’s education as the finest he has been exposed to. However, he believes the camaraderie at the School of Medicine and the Jesuit mission to develop the whole person and to create women and men for and with others are what have most influenced the Hollowed family.
“It’s very simple: Creighton does something more for its students and is an institution that should be a model for all others,” says Hollowed. “I, like Johnny, acknowledge the formal education he received, and we also credit the values that Creighton represents.”
Maegan and Kurt Heiland of Arizona have been members of the Creighton family since their oldest daughter, Madeline, started attending the University in Fall 2012. Their daughter, Claire, embarked on her Creighton journey last year.
“We love that Creighton offers challenges in an atmosphere that is both academically rigorous and spiritually nurturing,” Megan says. “Through unique opportunities inside and out of the classroom, our daughters have transformed into intellectually accomplished, self-confident young women able and eager to contribute in meaningful ways to their communities.”
In addition to coursework, their daughters have participated in research and worked as a teaching assistant. They have enjoyed intramurals and Greek Life while serving as Welcome Week orientation leaders. Off campus they have volunteered for the Campus Kitchen, serving meals to underprivileged families in Omaha and spent a fall break in Chicago, living with and serving a parish community there.
To be a Creighton student is to belong—to be responsible for yourself and for others, Megan and Kurt say.
“Our daughters are known to their professors and advisors and are well-loved by their close friends from all over the country. We credit this warm and welcoming culture at Creighton for minimizing—at least emotionally—the 1,000 miles that separate our family between Arizona and Nebraska.”
They believe that what sets a Creighton education apart is the University’s strong commitment to the Jesuit tradition of shaping men and women for others.
“In the same way, Kurt and I feel a responsibility to give back to Creighton so others can experience the kinds of intellectually and spiritually fulfilling experiences our daughters have. We believe in Creighton’s mission and we are committed to acting on that belief through our gifts to the Parent Fund.”
Madeline has been accepted into the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In Fall 2016, the Heilands’ son, Luke, will join Claire at Creighton.
“We feel so blessed that our children are the beneficiaries of a truly higher education.”