Financial aid — now more than ever
The chief goal of the THIS IS WHY campaign was support for financial aid, and a total of more than $274 million was raised in new endowment and annual funding. Our target was to more than double our endowment dollars earmarked for scholarship grants, while benefiting students with financial need immediately through Wesleyan Fund gifts, to make a Wesleyan education possible for motivated, talented students who cannot afford to attend without financial assistance or without incurring heavy debt. You can support financial aid with your Wesleyan Fund gift and by endowing a scholarship. 152 new endowed scholarships were funded during the campaign.
Wesleyan actively seeks talented, low-income students through partnerships with programs such as QuestBridge. Since 2007, students from families with the highest need attend loan-free, while all required loans have been cut by 35%. Wesleyan Fund gifts in support of financial aid make the Wesleyan experience possible for high-need students.
Students bring remarkable energy, spirit, and momentum to the teams, performance groups, and service projects that are a hallmark of the Wesleyan community. Wesleyan Fund gifts in support of financial aid help to bring to campus artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and activists who dive deep into the vast opportunity Wesleyan offers.
The arts and humanities are thriving at Wesleyan, orienting students to traditions and cultures, fostering creativity, and developing critical judgment. Wesleyan continues to lead by demonstrating the relevance of artistic and humanistic study to creating opportunity and addressing society's most pressing problems. Wesleyan Fund gifts in support of financial aid benefit students who take advantage of these opportunities.
We are living in a time of thrilling advances in science and technology. Wesleyan, a powerhouse among liberal arts institutions in the sciences, offers students the opportunity to combine science at the highest levels with the intellectual freedom to discover and nurture their talents in a variety of fields. Wesleyan Fund gifts in support of financial aid help to give promising young scientists and mathematicians—many of them women and first-generation college students—these opportunities.
The social sciences at Wesleyan provide students with tools to understand the historical processes that have shaped the modern world, examine political institutions and economic practices, and scrutinize the principal theories and ideologies that animate self and society. Wesleyan Fund gifts in support of financial aid give students the opportunity to develop their thinking in these areas critical to our lives in common.