Hiram College donors contributed more than $8.85 million in fiscal year 2017, marking the college’s second largest fundraising year in its 167-year history.
“This was an exceptional year for fundraising at Hiram. Gifts helped us launch our new Tech and Trek mobile technology program, add new scholarships and make renovations throughout our campus,” says Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., president of Hiram College.
In February, Dean Scarborough ’77 and Janice Bini donated $2.1 million toward Hiram’s Tech and Trek program. Theirs was the largest single gift ever made to the college. Ultimately, it will result in every full-time student, faculty and staff member being equipped with an iPad Pro, pencil and keyboard bundle.
“Tech and Trek is an opportunity for Hiram to redefine itself as a liberal arts college of the 21st century. It’s changing the way education is provided and offering new opportunities for students,” says Scarborough, pointing out that Hiram is the only four-year college/university in Ohio with a mobile technology program of this kind. Scarborough and Bini add that the pioneering program has the capacity to make clear and positive differences in students’ lives and to situate Hiram in a unique spot on the map.
Other gifts to Hiram in 2017 supported student scholarships, study away experiences and marketing efforts. In addition, recent gifts will support a host of capital improvements including the resurfacing of the college’s tennis courts, the upgrading of the residence hall lounges, the reconfiguring the first floor of the library to house the Tech and Trek program and enhancing the 550-acre James H. Barrow Biological Field Station.
Last year, Hiram received a record-breaking $9.3 million in gifts. The college’s third largest fundraising year was 2001, during which it received gifts totaling $8.2 million.