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John Dee Bright College

In Fall 2020, Drake announced the creation of John Dee Bright College. Named after John Dee Bright, ED’52, the acclaimed Drake football player and educator, Bright College offers two full-time, two-year associate's degrees. This distinctive learning experience focuses on problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, preparing students to thrive in the real world.

Bright College serves qualified learners who may otherwise face significant barriers to attending Drake, whether financial, cultural, or work and family related.  Your support during All In helps us remove those barriers, increasing access to Bright College's unique and innovative learning environment for everyone.

Matching Gift Opportunity

All gifts up to $5,000 to Drake’s newest college during All In will be matched through the generosity of Ernest Newborn, LA’79. Bright College will expand access to a Drake experience to those who may not have seen it as an option with a curriculum uniquely tailored to meet the educational needs of a diverse array of students. Your support now will help us welcome the first class in Fall 2021.  

Where Bulldogs are Going All In
Rank State Gifts
1 IA 17
2 IL 3
3 MO 2
Meet The Moment Challenge
1,250 donors helped Drake University Meet The Moment and unlocked $65,000 for the University from Doug Zinser, AS’96, John August, JO’92, and Cindy, LA’70 and Dennis Lesher! Thank you!
1,250 / 1,250 Gifts
Who is Meeting The Moment?
The entire Drake community of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends coming together. Let's see who's going All In and meeting the moment!
What is your affiliation to Drake?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Alumni 762
2 Faculty/Staff 189
3 Student 180
4 Parent 140
5 Friend 84
6 Other 52
Meeting The Moment by Decade
Which decade's graduates are the most All In?
What decade did you graduate?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2010 - 2020 191
2 1990 - 1999 165
3 2000 - 2009 162
4 Current Student 151
5 1980 - 1989 128
6 1970 - 1979 96
7 1960 - 1969 44
8 1959 and before 8
Bright College Challenge
Thank you for going All In for Bright College, Drake's newest College and helping unlock the $5,000 challenge from Ernest Newborn, LA'79!
25 / 25 Gifts
Parents Challenge
Thank you for going All In for Drake students and helping unlock the $2,500 match from Jill, JO’91 and John, AS’92 Farmer!
$2,500 MATCHED
Caldbeck Challenge
Students, thank you for going All In for each other and helping unlock the $3,000 match from Kelly Caldbeck, PH’01, Peter Caldbeck, JO’03, and Megan Caldbeck, JO’05, in honor of their mother, longtime Drake employee and alumna Diane Anagnos Caldbeck, ED’72!
$3,000 MATCHED
First Time Gift Challenge
Thank you for making your first gift to Drake and helping unlock the $5,000 match from Drake Drake President Marty Martin! Welcome to the Bulldog Pack!
$5,000 MATCHED
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