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At the University of Mount Union, we are committed to providing our students with an education that equals success. Generations of Mount Union students have benefited from the philanthropic efforts of thoughtful and loyal supporters. We would not be the respected institution of higher learning that we are today had our predecessors not had the vision to move the University forward.

As Mount Union has progressed during the last several decades, careful planning and generous support have put the University in an enviable position amongst its peers. Mount Union is honored to be recognized among the best comprehensive colleges in the region. The combination of quality academic programs grounded in the liberal arts and opportunities for experiential learning outside the classroom make Mount Union stand out as a top choice for students and their families. It is important to celebrate our successes, but it is more important to continue to look to the future.

The University is taking proactive and strategic steps to remain competitive and relevant while also meeting the ever-changing needs of our students and society as a whole. We take great pride in the value of the Mount Union experience while remaining committed to making our high-quality education accessible to students of all financial backgrounds.

The profound impact philanthropy has on Mount Union can be seen across campus in our state-of-the-art facilities, the energy in the classroom as professors share their expertise with eager students, and the excited smile of each new graduate as they embark upon a life filled with meaningful work and responsible citizenship.

On behalf of Mount Union's students, faculty, and staff, we are deeply grateful to everyone who chooses to make a gift of financial support.


In the midst of much uncertainty in our communities and around the world concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Mount Union is dedicated to taking additional measures to help provide for and protect our Raider community, both on and off campus.  Now, more than ever, our students are struggling with unexpected costs related to travel, access to technology, health and wellness, and other unbudgeted circumstances and expenses.  If you have it in your means to do so, your financial gift can make a huge difference, and we hope you will consider offering your support during this challenging time.  Please visit to discover the many options available to make a gift.

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Get to Know Nancy (Jones ’55) Gray, Proud Mount Union Alumna

Nancy (Jones ’55) Gray met her husband, Dr. Ted Gray ’55, in kindergarten. After years of friendship, the two started dating their junior year of high school. As their love blossomed, the high school sweethearts had a big decision ahead – where to attend college.

Ted decided on Mount Union because of its strong reputation in pre-med. He had his sights set on medical school and knew that a strong recommendation was critical to the process. Nancy, on the other hand, chose Ohio Wesleyan. However, after just one semester, they realized that a long distance relationship was not for them, and Nancy quickly transferred to Mount.

Coming from another campus, Nancy was immediately struck by the friendliness of the community. “Everyone stopped to wave and say hello,” she shared. “The community is what has and continues to draw people in. It’s really special.  Ted encouraged Nancy to explore Greek life, and she became a sister of Alpha Xi Delta.  She also joined the concert choir, where the two sang together for four years. “Outside of our studies and those two activities, we spent a lot of time together – oh, young love!” Nancy exclaimed.

Upon graduation, Ted’s schooling and training led the two across the country and eventually to Oberlin, Ohio, where he practiced in an OBGYN clinic for the entirety of his career.  Sadly, Ted passed away in 2003. “Ted was a hard-working man and excellent money manager,” Nancy explained.  “After his passing, I try to do my best to be smart about managing my money as I honor his memory.” 

Nancy chooses to support The Mount Union Fund and other areas on campus each year with gifts from her IRA.  “If I’m willing to give back,” she shared, “it means that someone else isn’t struggling as much. College is expensive, and I think it’s important that we help today’s students the best we can.”

Nancy’s financial advisor was the one who recommended she consider the IRA charitable rollover option to lower her taxable income. “Not only is this money that I have to withdraw as part of my required minimum distribution (RMD), but I can direct the funds where I want. Now, I can make an even bigger impact on Mount Union students. And giving is so simple!

For questions about the IRA charitable giving option, visit, or contact Sherrie Wallace, director of planned giving at

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