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Hillcrest Foundation

Hillcrest Foundation Makes $500,000 Gift to Paul Quinn College


DALLAS, TX – February 24, 2014 - Paul Quinn College graciously received a generous donation from the Hillcrest Foundation for $500,000 to support a living and learning community for its students, which will be the first new dorm built at the institution since it moved to Dallas in 1990. Scheduled to break ground in 2015, the living and learning community will serve as a bridge between students’ academic and residential experiences.

“This investment by the Hillcrest Foundation speaks volumes about the Dallas philanthropic community's confidence in the direction Paul Quinn is headed.  This is an enormous victory for us,” said Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College. “The Hillcrest Foundation is one of the premier foundations in Texas with a rich history of partnering with organizations not only through monetary investment, but also through long-lasting, supportive relationships. We are incredibly grateful for their faith in us.”

Tanya E. Sanders, a Paul Quinn College board member and senior vice president at Bank of America, helped facilitate the College’s introduction to Hillcrest Foundation. After an insightful visit to campus and meetings to discuss the request, Hillcrest Foundation awarded its first gift to Paul Quinn College.  

The Hillcrest Foundation Trustees are excited by the growth of Paul Quinn College, under the direction of Michael J. Sorrell, and the impact the school has made,” said Debra Goldstein Phares, a representative from Hillcrest Foundation. “With education serving as one of the Foundation’s core missions, the Trustees gift is an investment in not only the students and Paul Quinn College, but also in South Dallas and surrounding communities.


About Paul Quinn College

Paul Quinn College, a finalist on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the 2011 HBCU of the Year, is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts-inspired college founded by and affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The College was founded in Austin, Texas, on April 4, 1872, and is one of the nation’s consortiums of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The College provides a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in the global marketplace. Members of the College’s student body, alumni, faculty and staff, called Quinnites, embrace the institutional ethos of “WE over Me” and are dedicated to honoring the “Four Ls of Quinnite Leadership,” which are: Leave places better than you found them; Lead from wherever you are; Live a life that matters; and Love something greater than yourself. Learn more at


About the Hillcrest Foundation

The Hillcrest Foundation was created by Mrs. W.W. Caruth, Sr. (Mrs. Earle Clark Caruth) in 1958 to provide financial support to qualified Texas charitable organizations for the advancement of education, the promotion of health, and the relief of poverty. Most grants are made to charitable organizations located in Dallas County and the surrounding area.

Mrs. W.W. Caruth, Sr. was from a pioneer family who settled in the Dallas area in 1848. Several Caruth family generations owned and managed farms and ranches, which the family later developed into real estate properties as Dallas became a major metropolitan area. Each succeeding generation has been characterized by a pioneering spirit, vision, courage, hard work and generosity. The Hillcrest Foundation was created to carry the Caruth family’s generosity to the people of Texas.

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