A $40 million unrestricted gift from Mark '85 JD and Kimbra Walter '85 will be used to fund initiatives pertaining to We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, including significant support for Northwestern Athletics and Recreation and scholarships for the School of Law.
Among the Campaign initiatives is a new lakefront athletics and recreation complex, which will be located on the north end of the Evanston campus.
With spectacular views of Lake Michigan, the complex will include more than 500,000 square feet of new or renovated athletics and recreation space. It will serve intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports, as well as other recreational activities.
The complex — located close to many residence halls and academic buildings — will also provide space for major University-wide events, such as Dance Marathon and the new student convocation.
The Walters’ gift also will be used by the University to support scholarships at the Law School.
Both scholarships and athletics and recreation will play important roles in the implementation of Northwestern’s strategic plan, which aims to build a diverse, inclusive community and provide an exceptional educational experience regardless of students’ financial resources.