This year, alumni couple Lovelyn (BUS ’07) and Michael Velazquez (BUS ’06, MBA ’13) made their first joint gift to DePaul during the All for DePaul participation challenge.
What compelled you to make a gift?
Michael: We’ve received the emails and letters asking for our support, and it’s something we’ve considered for a while. But this year, we received a call from a current student who shared her DePaul experience with us.
Lovelyn: Getting that call reminded us about how much we loved our time at DePaul and the relationships we built there—including meeting one another! After graduating, alumni may forget about how valuable their time on campus was, but it’s important to take a couple of minutes and remember DePaul!
Which fund(s) do you support, and why?
Lovelyn: Both of us are scholarship recipients. A big factor in me coming to DePaul was the scholarship support I received. When we decided to make our gift, we knew that we wanted to give to scholarships. Giving back is our chance to pay it forward, even if it’s a small dollar amount.
What would you say to fellow alumni who don’t currently give?
Michael: Take a few minutes to think about what you got from DePaul. For us, the friendships we built with faculty and especially classmates have continued to be important to us. I think the experiences students receive at DePaul make it worth giving back as alumni, even if you can’t give a lot. Even if one-third of our alumni gave back a dollar, that would be huge!
Follow Lovelyn and Michael’s example and make your gift today!