John Carroll University has received a $6 million gift from Timothy M. (Tim) and Jayne N. Donahue of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in support of the Forever Carroll Campaign. Their contribution is one of the largest gifts, to date, to the Forever Carroll Campaign.
The couple made their generous gift to provide scholarships for current and future low-income John Carroll students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to service. The Tim and Jayne Donahue Scholarship will ensure that talented students are able to attend and graduate from John Carroll. Recipients of the financial aid award will be known as “Donahue Scholars.”
A 1971 graduate of John Carroll, Mr. Donahue earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. He and Mrs. Donahue are longtime, loyal supporters of John Carroll. In 2003, the University’s 60-acre campus became a wireless environment as a result of a $1.2 million gift from the Donahues in partnership with Nextel.
“Jayne and I believe that education is the single, most important gift we can give to anyone,” says Mr. Donahue. “Providing help and support for kids who truly want to learn is a passion of ours.”
Mr. Donahue is a former member of the John Carroll Board of Directors (2000-2007). He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the ADT Corporation and NVR Inc. He also sits on the boards of two privately held companies, UCT Coatings Inc. where he is chairman, and Radius Networks. Prior board service includes Tyco International Ltd., Covidien Ltd., and the Eastman Kodak Company.
Previously, Mr. Donahue was executive chairman of Sprint Nextel Corporation from August 2005 until December 2006. He served as president and chief executive officer of Nextel Communications Inc. (1999-2005). Mr. Donahue began his career with Nextel in January 1996 as president and chief operating officer. Before joining Nextel, Mr. Donahue served as Northeast regional president for AT&T Wireless Services operations. Prior to that, he served as president for McCaw Cellular’s paging division and as McCaw’s president for the U.S. Central region.