Every year since 1981, the members of the senior class have honored their time at Middlebury and marked their graduation by making a class gift to the College. Each year the senior class votes on how the funds raised will be spent.
This year’s seniors have chosen to create the Class of 2012 & 2012.5 Opportunity Fund which will provide funds for financial aid and internship. The funds raised will be allocated fifty-five percent for financial aid and forty-five percent for internship support.
A gift of $50 or more will be matched, dollar for dollar, by an anonymous donor.
A gift of $100 or more qualifes you for Middlebury’s leadership donor group: The 1800 Society
Our goal is to have at least 500 members of our class make a gift and to raise $10,000. Check the thermometers below to see our progress!
Number of Donors: 408 of 500
Dollars Raised: 104%
Deadline: Jun 30, 2012
Total needed: $8,000
Senior Committee Members
Colleen Carroll '12
Senior Committee Leadership
The Class of 2012 and 2012.5 voted to determine their Senior Class Gift. The vote split very closely between financial aid and internship. Recognizing that both scholarships and internship grants are important for students to access the full Middlebury experience, the Class of 2012 & 2012.5 Opportunity Fund was created. Mirroring the class vote, 55 percent of the funds will support financial aid and 45 percent will support internships.
Middlebury’s top fundraising priority is increasing the amount of financial aid available to students. Currently, 42 percent of Middlebury students receive financial aid, however, every student receives a hidden scholarship of $26,000 because the actual cost per student of attending Middlebury is $78,000. The average Middlebury grant is $33,548 resulting in an undergraduate financial aid budget of $35,500,000 last year. Click here to learn more about financial aid at Middlebury.
More than half of the internships held by Middlebury students during the summer are unpaid. Many students cannot afford to forego a paying summer job in favor of an unpaid internship. Last year fewer than half of the students who applied for internship funds were awarded grants (the College was $348,000 short of meeting funding needs). Click here to learn more about internship support at Middlebury.
The Class of 2012 & 2012.5 Opportunity Fund will help deserving students in two meaningful ways. It will allow talented students to attend Middlebury irrespective of their families’ means and it will give current students the financial freedom to pursue experiential learning outside of the classroom.
This project is included in these themes: