AU, Sanders Announce $50,000 Matching Challenge Gift


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University and John Sanders, a donor and Board of Trustee member at AU, have announced a matching gift challenge towards the Berenice Villarreal scholarship. Sanders will match contributions to this fund made prior to August 31, 2022, dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

“We’re grateful to John Sanders for not only establishing the Berenice Villareal Endowed Scholarship Fund, but for also now making this $50,000 challenge pledge,” said Anderson University President John S. Pistole. “The purpose of this challenge gift is to encourage others to invest in the lives of Hispanic/Latinx students attending AU. All of us here appreciate Mr. Sanders’ generosity and intentionality in helping AU make a difference in these students’ lives.” 

The Villarreal scholarship is given to assist students from Latin America, other international students, or students who are immigrants to the U.S. 

“We are pleased to announce a challenge gift from AU Trustee John Sanders for the Berenice Villareal scholarship,” said Jen Hunt, vice president for advancement. “If you have a passion for helping students, this is an exciting opportunity to double the impact of your gift!” 

The scholarship is named for Berenice Villarreal, who spent the first 12 years of her life in Mexico City before moving to the United States. Despite hardships to make payments for college, Villarreal graduated as a double major from the University of Texas San Antonio in accounting and finance.

“After meeting our scholarship recipients I saw firsthand their passion for Anderson University and appreciation for the generosity extended to them,” said Berenice Villarreal, the scholarship’s namesake. “The dream that seemed unattainable is becoming a reality and will transform not just one life but those of their family for generations to come. I’m very proud to be associated with AU. It has been a great pleasure.”

Gifts may be sent to Anderson University – ATTN: Advancement/Villarreal Scholarship, 1100 E 5th St., Anderson, Indiana 46012 or online at

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.