The Valparaiso University Guild began in April of 1931 as the National Women’s Committee of the Lutheran University Association. It was once referred to as the Women’s Auxiliary of the Lutheran University Association before adopting its current name of Valparaiso University Guild. The Guild gave women a prominent role in promoting Lutheran higher education and providing leadership opportunities for women throughout its ranks. Members from across the country invested in recruiting students, raising funds to support the students’ physical and spiritual welfare, and serving as ambassadors for Valpo.
Guild members provide significant volunteer hours to serving the needs of the Guild as well as supporting University initiatives. The Guild has provided more than $4 million to campus, which is visible in spaces such as Gloria Christi Chapel, the Brandt Campanile, Guild Hall, and the Guild Lobby Commons of the Center for the Arts. Heidbrink Hall (named after a former Guild Executive Director and once the Guild Office of Admissions), the racquetball courts, and a reading space in the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources are samples of capital projects funded.
In 2006, the Guild affirmed its new mission to enhance the student experience while exemplifying the University’s ideals of scholarship, freedom, and faith. The Guild members continue to support Valpo students and are guided by a Christian purpose.
The Guild now focuses on awarding Guild Campus Gift Grants
that have an immediate impact on fulfilling the needs of students. Grants that range from $500 to $5,000 are awarded to student organizations, academic departments, and administrative departments. Further, the Guild has six scholarship endowments
that provide close to $80,000 annually to deserving students who are children and grandchildren of current Guild members in good standing. The Guild also supports the Guild Endowment Fund for Undergraduate Research, which was created in 1999 with the purpose of supporting research costs, materials, publications, and travel related to undergraduate research projects.