We have the opportunity to build on our liberal arts legacy and revolutionize the way we put this enduring education to work for our students. Our steadfast commitment to the liberal arts is integral to the success of our students and keeps Lycoming relevant. There’s no need to change that model; only to make it stronger. By emphasizing a modern interdisciplinary approach to education, we can both bolster our academic offerings and enrich the experience our students have at Lycoming.
We have already expanded the Clean Water Institute, established an astrophysics major, added a Latin American concentration to our signature archaeology program, founded an Outdoor Leadership and Education program and received a Mellon Foundation grant for undergraduate research. But we still need your help.
Modern financial aid goes beyond tuition and impacts high-need as well as middle-class families. Our financial aid budget has grown by more than 8 million dollars during the past five years—a 29% increase. We want to make sure a Lycoming education remains accessible to new generations of smart, ambitious young people regardless of their circumstances and their capacity to pay. New endowed scholarships will enable us to create opportunity for future Warriors.
Despite what is a challenging time for higher education, this is an ideal moment for Lycoming. We are well-positioned to attract and recruit the best and brightest young people. Support young scholars by donating to an endowed scholarship.
In recent years, Williamsport has been ranked the sixth-fastest growing small-city economy in the country—a renaissance Lycoming is poised to leverage. We can become one of the great liberal arts colleges of the 21st century, but our campus must reflect that greatness. This campaign envisions the development of a new south-facing campus Gateway; a new facility for admissions, the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences, and the Outdoor Leadership and Education Program – positioning the College for success for decades to come.
We have already built the Lynn Science Center, renovated Rich, Crever and Wesley residence halls and opened the Lycoming College Art Gallery in downtown Williamsport. But there’s still more to do—years from now we want to look back on this moment and know that we took up the challenge.
Lycoming has been an excellent steward of its resources. But stewardship is only part of the equation. This is our time to grow the way we care for our College. Our time to leverage our collective strength not only by tending our endowment but also by bringing new and nimble financial power each year to the College. The Lycoming Fund, which pools gifts of every size, is the ultimate in crowdfunding.
The college world is a very fast-moving and competitive landscape. The Lycoming Fund’s purpose is not to keep the lights on but rather to power the best of Lycoming when we need it, especially for enhanced scholarships to compete for students and immediate funding for undergraduate research and global experiences.
This campaign will distinguish Lycoming far into the future”
Together we can Increase the Lycoming Fund to $1.5 million by 2019. This means increasing gifts by $500,000 each year for the next three years—an annual impact equivalent to adding $30 million to the College’s endowment. Make a gift.