"What we have is a vision for the College that's like no other, along with a plan to take us there. I can't help but feel that this is our time."
-Philip A. Glotzbach, President
Simply put, the Annual Fund turns individual gifts of all sizes into a support for the key aspects of a Skidmore education. We put every dollar to immediate use for areas of greatest need. Unrestricted gifts help ensure that Skidmore is:
Is there a particular priority you would like to support? For donors who would like to support an area that is important to you, you may do so by designating your gift to one of the on-going priorities below.
More than 50 percent of students attending Skidmore receive financial aid. With an average award grant of $27,500, Skidmore ranks 15th in the nation in the size of need-based financial aid awarded. In fact, in the last five years, Skidmore has more than doubled its commitment to financial aid, from $16 million to over $33 million. Scholarship gifts to the Annual Fund continue to make a Skidmore education accessible to students who have the talent and commitment to join our community.
Student/faculty collaboration is one of the hallmarks of a Skidmore education—for generations, exceptional faculty members in all disciplines have taught Skidmore students. A gift to Annual Fund Faculty Support enables the work of our faculty, helps provide the resources to attract and retain first-rate professors, and creates opportunities for their own scholarship and research. Skidmore’s faculty numbers 233, 83 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their disciplines. Our student faculty ratio is 8:1.
One of the keys to the great education at Skidmore are our ‘high-impact’ experiences like collaborative research with a faculty member, internships, and study abroad programs. Last year more than 50 students stayed on campus to do research with faculty members in various fields—this is a hands-on learning experience that brings a meaningful experience to our students and is often very helpful to them as they pursue career or graduate school opportunities. An Annual Fund Academic Initiative gift supports these programs as well as other priorities across 70 possible majors and an almost limitless number of academic initiatives, programs, and disciplines.
Student participation in activities beyond the boundaries of the typical classroom helps to create a rich and dynamic community. A Student Life gift to the Annual Fund will support student clubs and organizations, athletics, volunteer programs, the performing arts—all enhancing the overall Skidmore experience and, in many cases, providing meaningful community support.
Skidmore’s student body is diverse and brings to campus a variety of multicultural perspectives —the Class of 2014 hails from 35 states and 19 countries, and 26 percent are self-identified students of color. A key part of a Skidmore education is to enhance and build student experience and perspective in the areas of multicultural understanding, social responsibility, and informed citizenship through the curriculum, events, and activities we host on campus.
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