Gifts were received from people in the community, across the nation, and around the world for the use in establishing this fund.
On February 14, 2008 an unfathomable tragedy befell Northern Illinois University. Numerous students were wounded and five wonderful students lost their lives when a gunman entered a large lecture room in Cole Hall. Throughout the country and around the world, the NIU community witnessed and overwhelming outpouring of concern and compassion. The Forward Together Forward Memorial Scholarship Endowment was created through the generosity of numerous donors to honor the five students who lost their lives that tragic day: Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace, and Dan Parmenter.