When establishing a named program, the Office of Advancement works with a donor to develop the document that administers the account. This document outlines the donor's intent in establishing the program and establishes conditions to carry out this intent.
For example, the agreement may determine whether the selection of a scholarship recipient is based on academic achievement, financial need or major field of study or whether academic or administrative revenue will be used as specified by the donor or at the discretion of a dean, department chair or account director for the libraries, clinics, workshops, research, travel or special projects. Scholarship and award recipients receive copies of these biographies so that they know about the person who made their financial assistance possible. Other sketches provide informational background to the academic or administrative area that benefits from the named program.
The Advancement office also assists with a brief description of the person for whom the annual fund, endowed fund or building is named. Background about named endowed scholarships are printed in the university's undergraduate bulletin.