Paul (’70) and Lani (Hum) (’68) McKnight have a 50-year relationship with Ashland that includes their children Casey (’93) and Courtney (’97). Because of their deep connections to this community, they wanted to put action behind their collective passion for supporting students in their search for their unique purpose in this life. And thanks to their generous gift of $250,000, Ashland University launched a pilot project called Life Calling in the fall semester of 2017.
Open to all students, this program is divided up into three classes, each meant to help individuals find their passions, talents, and opportunities for growth as they plan for both their careers and future lives.
Life Calling I
Life Calling I focuses on career exploration and research into how students’ talents and interests align with the world beyond the classroom.
Life Calling II
Life Calling II gives students research and experiential opportunities as it relates to what they will do beyond graduation.
Life Calling III
Life Calling III focuses on teaching each student to identify and implement their gifts, educational accomplishments, and relevant skills to chart and then pursue their life calling.
The McKnight’s initial gift was used to create an endowment allowing this program to offer even more Life Calling tools and experiences into the future.
With a gift today you can ensure students who long to discover their calling are able to through the Life Calling program.