Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, has announced a $7.5 million gift from Alan ('74) and Peg Kral Scantland ('74) in support of student-faculty research projects and student internships.
The gift, the largest alumni gift in the school’s history, will establish the EPIC Advantage program, an outgrowth of the Earlham Plan for Integrative Collaboration, which provides each student with a team of academic and pre-professional advisers, courses that link academics with possible career paths, and centers devoted to entrepreneurship and innovation, global education, global health, social justice, and career and community engagement. To that end, the program will provide students with travel and living expenses while working in internships with high-growth companies; funding for self-designed and innovative internship proposals at arts organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and social service agencies; and funding for collaborative summertime research efforts, laboratory experiences, and field work. The program, which guarantees that all students, regardless of financial need, can benefit from these experiences, will fund seventy-five research and internship experiences this summer and then will be fully implemented in the fall of 2017.
"We are extremely grateful to the Scantlands for their generosity and vision for the future of Earlham," said Earlham College president David Dawson. "This gift funds life-changing opportunities for current and future students, and supports the work of our faculty. Earlham is committed to making these experiences possible for all students."