Gordon College, a Christian liberal arts college in Wenham, Massachusetts, has announced a $75.5 million gift in support of scholarships from a donor who prefers to remain anonymous.
The lead gift in a $130 million capital campaign will boost the school's endowment and fund its honors scholarship program, which was launched in 2017 in conjunction with the school's Global Honors Institute. The new commitment has already enabled the college to increase its institutionally funded financial aid by 15 percent for students entering in the fall of 2020.
The gift marks the launch of the public phase of the campaign, which will continue through 2021 and is aimed at increasing merit and need-based scholarships and securing unrestricted annual support and planned gifts; strengthening teaching, learning, and scholarly research through internships, practicum opportunities, and graduate programs; and expanding on- and off-campus opportunities while reinforcing the school's Christ-centered campus community.
"We believe this campaign will ensure that the high school students of today who desire an outstanding Christian education can still afford to be the Gordon students of tomorrow," said Starbucks chair Myron "Mike" Ullman, who is chairing the campaign. "As the flagship Christian institution in the heart of New England, Gordon College has a rich history of preparing students spiritually, intellectually, relationally and professionally for a lifetime of growth — from their first job out of college and beyond."