Today, Donnelly College warmly remembers longtime friend and generous supporter, Henry W. Bloch (1922-2019), Kansas City entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Most recently, Bloch served Donnelly as Honorary Co-Chair of our Transformations Capital Campaign. He is also the namesake of the Henry W. Bloch Scholarship, an innovative scholarship program from the H&R Block Foundation that allows students to complete two years at Donnelly and transfer to UMKC to complete a bachelor’s degree. Bloch was Donnelly’s commencement speaker in 2013 and was awarded an Honorary Associate Degree. Donnelly is also grateful to be able to support future Donnelly students through the Marion Bloch Endowed Scholarship, established in 2015.
“The generosity of Mr. Bloch as a philanthropist was unmatched in Kansas City, and specifically in the field of higher education,” said Donnelly College President Monsignor Stuart Swetland. “Mr. Bloch believed in providing Kansas Citians with the opportunity to become the best version of themselves. Through this belief, he provided countless young people with the tools and resources necessary to access higher education. This generosity has positively impacted generations of students and will continue to do so long into the future. We thank Mr. Bloch, his family, the Marion and Henry Bloch Foundation and the H&R Block Foundation for supporting Donnelly College students for so many years. On behalf of the students, staff, faculty and Board of Directors of Donnelly College, we express our deepest sympathy and offer prayers to Mr. Bloch’s family and friends.”