As the campus comes alive with the start of a new academic year, Hiram College enthusiastically announces the 2015-2016 academic year as being the largest fundraising year in its 166-year history. The combination of all gifts received between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 amounted to more than $9.3 million – breaking its record of $8.2 million in funds raised in a single academic year in 2001.
“I continue to be impressed with the affinity our alumni and friends have for Hiram College,” said President Lori Varlotta. “I am thrilled with the outpouring of generosity the College has received from individuals who have seen or personally experienced the transformative power of a Hiram education. These gifts, along with those of time and treasure, will help to keep Hiram relevant and competitive in the challenging marketplace of which we are a part.”
Gifts received from foundations, corporations, alumni and friends of the College are used in various ways to help grow endowments, provide academic scholarships for students, support programs and training, and provide for capital requests. Notable gifts included:
- a gift of $1 million from Dean Scarborough and Janice Bini of Pasadena, California to support the creation of a new major in integrative exercise science; the launch of men’s volleyball as an intercollegiate sport; and additional faculty support for the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
- a $2 million gift given in honor of 1915 graduate Galen A. Roush to provide scholarships.
- more than $286,000 in gifts and pledges on a 24-hour period on May 29 during the College’s Day of Giving.
- a $100,000 grant from the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support faculty development related to Hiram Connect, a program that supports student professional development by connecting classroom and internship/hands-on experiences to their future careers.
- generous gifts from four members of the College’s Board of Trustees added an additional $2.4 million to the impressive year-end totals. One $800,000 gift commitment will fund scholarships for students demonstrating financial need. Another gift in the amount of $800,000 will fund scholarship efforts and programming initiatives at the Garfield Center for Public Leadership. Two additional gifts totaling $800,000 were made to support new faculty and staff positions, as well as marketing efforts that will directly impact student enrollment.
- a notable gift of $264,000 from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to make renovations to Hayden Auditorium.
- gifts from New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick that honor his parents, Jeannette Munn Belichick ’42 and Steve Belichick to name the Steve Belichick Olympic Training Center, in the Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center; naming the Jeannette Munn Belichick ’42 Reading Room in the Hiram College Library and providing funding for the Jeannette Munn Belichick ’42 Endowed Fund, which will provide support for the Hiram College Library in purchasing books and other resources related to foreign languages.