Long Island University Honors Thomas M. Coughlin, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores and Sam’s Club USA

Benefit Dinner Raises More than $800,000 for Scholarship Programs

Manhattan, NY

At a fundraising event at Cipriani’s in New York City, Long Island University honored Thomas M. Coughlin, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores and Sam’s Clubs USA. The University presented Mr. Coughlin with the 2003 Ralph Jonas Philanthropic Award for Education in recognition of the leadership role he plays in supporting educational initiatives. “Tom Coughlin richly deserves to receive this award,” asserts Dr. David J. Steinberg, president of Long Island University. “His commitment to America’s pluralism, his belief in access and his extraordinary support for Students in Free Enterprise link him to the best in American philanthropy.”

As head of the world’s largest retailer, Mr. Coughlin oversees an organization that is committed to the diverse communities it serves. Wal-Mart pursues environmentally sound business practices and supports family health and welfare projects across the country and around the globe.  Through scholarships, job shadowing and vocational and career training, efforts which Mr. Coughlin has championed, the company has helped to secure a brighter future for thousands of our nation’s young people.

Mr. Coughlin also is personally active in many education-related causes, serving on the boards of the California State Hayward Educational Foundation, Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation, St. Edward’s High School (OH) and Students in Free Enterprise, of which he is chairman.  His firm commitment to education embodies the very essence of the University’s mission, as envisioned by its founders.

The award that Mr. Coughlin received is named for the University’s first board chairman, Ralph Jonas, who helped found Long Island University as an institution of higher learning offering access to the American dream for people from every walk of life. His insistence that the University not discriminate, that it reject the racial and religious quota system prevalent at the time, insured that students then and now are admitted on the basis of merit.

Proceeds from the dinner (more than $800,000) will provide scholarship assistance to students across the University’s six New York metropolitan area campuses and seven international sites.

About Long Island University

       Celebrating 76 years of access to the American dream through excellence in higher education, Long Island University is a multi-campus, diverse, doctoral institution of higher learning. As the nation’s seventh-largest private university, we offer 563 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and certificates, and educate more than 31,000 students on six metropolitan area campuses in Brooklyn, Brookville (C.W. Post), Southampton, Brentwood, Rockland and Westchester. The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences prepares students for successful careers in the continually growing fields of pharmacy and health care. The University’s Friends World program offers a wide range of study abroad options in North America and at six overseas locations. Our nearly 700 full-time faculty members provide outstanding instruction that is supplemented by exceptional internship and cooperative education opportunities. The accomplishments of more than 116,000 living alumni are a true testament to the success of our mission – providing the highest level of education to people from all walks of life. Our NCAA Division I & II athletic teams, nationally renowned George Polk Awards in journalism, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and the Long Island University Public Radio network (WLIU-FM and WCWP-FM) provide excitement and enrichment for our students and the communities that we serve.

Contact: Kim Volpe
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