Nearly four years ago, the Board of Trustees endorsed The Student Imperative, with the initial goal of raising $100m in financial aid and scholarships. We raised the initial set of commitments within a two-year period, and then developed a series of scholar community programs to support students with mentorship and advising, a first-summer internship or special experience, and a peer cohort group.
Almost four years later, total gifts and future commitments to The Student Imperative have grown to $177m. Support for each of the scholar communities has increased through the Soll Center for Student Opportunity and extended to each and every student receiving financial aid and scholarship support. The Student Imperative continues to allow us the ability to recruit the very best scholar-leaders, who excel in the classroom, our institutes and centers, the athletic arena, and the broader community.
In this issue, you will read about transformative gifts given by two of our outstanding alumni who generously dedicated their legacy to current and future CMC students. Jane and Glenn Hickerson ’59 have made the single largest gift to the College devoted to financial aid and scholarships. Pacesetter Bob Emett ’50, a member of CMC’s first entering class, has provided no-interest loans to students in need over the past 23 years. He has now made a bequest to continue these loans and to fund paid internships.
We are proud and inspired by the example they set for all of us. We are also proud of you for all the support you’ve provided to the College. You make it all happen: from the remarkable speakers at the Athenaeum to the superb seminar teaching of our dedicated professors, from our championship volleyball team in an athletics program ranked 4th nationally to nearly 300 sponsored internships completed by our students last summer.
For all of the students you support with your gifts and all they achieve in return, we thank you and dedicate ourselves to honoring your generous commitments.