Mike & Louise McSweeney


Michael and Louise McSweeney


Michael Blakely, Marketing student: Being recognized by the McSweeney family as a scholarship recipient gives me confidence that I am making the right choices for my future. To me, receiving this award says: You are doing well and don’t stop. I will never stop moving forward.



Denise Schoenbachler-Dean, College of Business: The first time Michael and Louise and I talked about creating a scholarship in the College of Business, he immediately asked, “What will it take to endow it?” And that’s exactly what they did: created the first endowed scholarship in marketing at NIU. Such an appreciation of enduring impact is fitting coming from a couple who began their lives together at NIU. 


With their ultimate gift, the McSweeneys have irrevocably named NIU as the beneficiary of a charitable remainder unitrust. When realized, that gift will create the Michael T. and Louise A. McSweeney Endowed Professorship in Marketing, a position that will help bring the most talented, dedicated professors in the discipline to NIU.






“Just as their love for each other endures, so does the impact they make with their lasting gifts to NIU students." Denise Schoenbachler-Dean, College of Business

With his NIU degree in economics, Michael McSweeney made his way to the top of companies such as Harlequin Enterprises and Bear Creek Corporation. With her degree in elementary education, Louise McSweeney built a high-impact career teaching in the public school systems in DeKalb and Freeport.

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