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Villanova School of Business Establishes the Davis Fund for Student Experiences

Villanova, Pa., September 11, 2019 – The Villanova School of Business (VSB) recently launched the Davis Fund for Student Experiences, which will fund learning opportunities beyond the classroom for both undergraduate and graduate students. Thanks to the generosity of Jim C. Davis ’81 VSB and Kim Davis, the Davis Fund advances VSB’s long-standing commitment to experiential learning by providing resources that enable students to pursue opportunities that push their academic and professional growth to a much higher level.  

The Davis Fund supports initiatives that extend beyond the curriculum including but not limited to global opportunities, research, independent studies, nonprofit service, conferences, case studies and other experiences that reflect the University’s mission and values. To receive funding, students must submit an application that demonstrates the value of the learning experience relative to their goals along with estimated expenses. Although financial need is considered as part of the evaluation process, it is not the determining factor in awarding funding.

Once students engage in their experiences, they will be asked to write about their growth as leaders relative to VSB’s mission and values.

“The Davis Fund will enhance the student experience in countless ways,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB. “This funding will enable students to pursue deeper knowledge and expertise that will put them at an even greater advantage to achieving their goals.”

The Davis Fund is one of numerous initiatives established as a result of the historic $50 million gift made through the Davis Family Foundation in 2017, which will ensure that VSB students will have access to the most up-to-date resources and opportunities for generations to come.  


The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and its online graduate business programs are ranked #2, and its online MBA program is ranked #13 by U.S. News and World Report. VSB has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to five Centers of Excellence – the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights and the Center for Church Management – with each designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and applied opportunities for students. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit