A Gift to the BYU McKay School

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Fall 2021

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The David O. McKay School of Education has recently been blessed with a donation from long-time Brigham Young University supporter and donor Ira A. Fulton. Fulton recently gifted six endowed chairs to BYU, one of which is the Mary Lou Fulton Chair in the McKay School. The new chair is named after Fulton's wife, Mary Lou, who passed away in 2015. 

The Fultons originally donated four chairs to BYU in 2005, and now six more chairs have been named after members of the Fulton family. An endowed chair has been given to all 10 academic colleges at BYU. When the original chairs were established, Mary Lou shared, "BYU is a special place. Ira and I feel that every time we set foot on campus, we're just happy to be in a situation that allows us to play a role in helping students and faculty succeed."

In the past, the Fulton chairs have been gifted in support of faculty and student projects. However, the donation for the McKay School is intended to be used for student aid, which includes scholarships, internships, and other experiential and inspired learning opportunities. The funds will be administered by a committee within the college.

"My hope is that these endowments will help students reach their goals and live their dreams," said Ira. "I became involved with the Y because of the caliber of the faculty and administrators; I stay involved because of the students."