Providing Opportunity

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43% of Skidmore Undergraduates rely on financial aid
Donated: $352,000 Goal: $500,000

Gifts directed to support financial aid help to ensure that a Skidmore education remains accessible to all talented and deserving students, regardless of their financial situation. 

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Shaping the Mind

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Shaping the Mind
Donated: $334,000 Goal: $500,000

Gifts directed to academics help faculty provide a rewarding and challenging learning experience for Skidmore students.
 

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Building the Body

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15 teams reached the post-season
Donated: $170,000 Goal: $250,000

Gifts directed to athletics help with the cost of equipment, travel, and improvements to Skidmore’s athletic facilities. 

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Preparing for the Future

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Preparing for the Future
Donated: $168,000 Goal: $250,000

Gifts directed to preparing students for their future provide valuable support for participation in undergraduate research, internships, civic engagement, and more. 

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Altagracia Montilla '12
Altagracia Montilla '12
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Altagracia Montilla '12 — Taking Advantage of Her Opportunity

Altagracia Montilla ’12 will graduate from Skidmore in May with a major in psychology and minor in religious studies. She has taken advantage of just about everything Skidmore has to offer: a semester-long study abroad experience in Australia, leadership roles in student-run committees and clubs, campus jobs, internships, community service, as well as challenging her interests with a diverse selection of academic courses. All of these experiences have given her the confidence and passion to continue her education and pursue a career working with at-risk adolescents. “None of this would have been possible if it had not been for financial aid support. I’m really excited to graduate because I feel so ready. Skidmore has prepared me to explore the real world,” she says.
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Jon Brueggemann on Creative Thought in the Classroom

John Brueggemann has been engaging Skidmore students in the classroom for the last 17 years. As Professor of Sociology and holder of the Quadracci Chair in Social Responsibility, He focuses on situational ethics, cultural study, and sustainable social responsibility. He understands the importance of creativity and diversity in education noting Skidmore’s “distinct process that emphasizes interdisciplinarity.” It is this educational process that, according to Professor Brueggemann, leads to the formation of engaged students that think sophisticatedly about their studies, their lives, and the world at large. “I know that many of my former students are engaging complex issues around the world in sophisticated ways,” he says. “And I’m very proud of the contribution that I’ve made to that process.”
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Athletics - Director's Cup

Athletics are an important component of every college campus.  Beyond the health and wellness aspects of intramurals, club activities, and fitness classes, athletics help develop well-rounded students who lead, work as a team, are disciplined, and goal oriented.  Athletic events also serve as opportunities for the campus community to come together and exhibit college pride.

Here at Skidmore, we just happen to have one of the most competitive Division III athletic programs in the Northeast.  Last season, Skidmore finished first among Liberty League schools in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Director's Cup.  Skidmore finished the year at #36 on the Division III list, 16 spots ahead of Liberty League rival Hobart/William Smith and second only to Cortland State in the New York region.  Skidmore's high ranking was the result of what amounted to the best athletic season in the College's history: last year 15 teams participated in post-season play while seven teams were crowned Liberty League Champions.  What is perhaps more impressive than the Thoroughbreds dominance on the playing field is their excellence in the classroom: 98 Thoroughbred athletes earned a GPA of 3.67 or higher during the spring semester, and 20 athletes earned a 4.0.
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Engaged Liberal Learning:  SEE-Beyond

Italy.  China.  India.  Guatemala.  Nicaragua. Destinations for an exotic summer vacation?  Not exactly.  These are just some of the locations where Skidmore College students were based this summer, working and learning, as inaugural participants in Skidmore's new SEE-Beyond Awards program.  Officially titled Summer Educational Experiences--Learning Beyond Campus, the SEE-Beyond Awards program supplies $4,000 grants to students participating in a wide array of summer learning opportunities.  The program allows students to apply academic-year theory to real-world practice, clarifying the connection between the classroom and their post-college lives. This program, coupled with the numerous internship and collaborative research opportunities already offered at the College, are great examples of Skidmore's commitment to the long-term success of its students.