Connecticut College in New London has announced a $20 million gift, the largest in its history, from alumnus Robert Hale ('88) and his wife, Karen, to establish a scholarship program, bolster the school's nationally recognized career program, and support improvements to its athletics facilities.
The biggest portion of the gift will be used create the $10 million Hale Scholars Program, which will support the school's longstanding promise to meet 100 percent of an accepted student's demonstrated financial need. The gift also will establish a $5 million fund to endow the Hale Family Director of Career and Professional Development, enabling the school's career program, which is ranked among the top twenty in North America by the Princeton Review, to attract visionary, dynamic leaders. The remaining $5 million of the gift will support improvements to the college's athletics facilities.
Robert Hale currently serves on the board of Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Deerfield Academy, and the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, an organization that raises funds for the college education of children of fallen service members. Karen Hale is a passionate education advocate and a trustee of the South Shore YMCA and former trustee of Old Colony Montessori.
"There is a brilliant liberal arts education to be had at Connecticut College, one that creates vibrant, thoughtful adults," said Robert Hale. "We simply wanted to do our part to help the school build on its excellent foundation, and we hope others will join us as we take the College to the next level of greatness."