Mount Holyoke’s core mission has remained steadfast since the College’s founding in 1837: to offer students from all backgrounds an unparalleled opportunity to learn and shape their own futures. The exceptional diversity of experiences that students bring — to the classroom, the campus and the alum network — ensures that our graduates enter the world as global citizens. By directing your gift to one of our five scholarship aid destinations, you are investing in remarkable students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
Ways to support scholarship aid:
Each year, more than 70% of Mount Holyoke students receive need-based aid, totaling nearly $50 million. Gifts to the general scholarship aid destination will go to providing access to the dynamic, rigorous Mount Holyoke education to students from all backgrounds.
First generation students — those who are the first in their families to attend college and did or do not have parents, guardians or family systems to assist them in navigating the college process — face unique challenges throughout their time at Mount Holyoke. Gifts to this destination will provide scholarship aid specifically for first generation students.
Each year approximately 90 diverse and intellectually curious Frances Perkins scholars (FPs) are enrolled at Mount Holyoke. These students of nontraditional age who have not yet earned an undergraduate degree have followed an unconventional path to MHC, but have varied lived experiences that create an unparalleled opportunity for our entire community to learn, grow and evolve. Gifts to this destination will provide scholarship aid specifically for Frances Perkins scholars.
Each year, over 25% of the student body (400+ students) is made up of international students from over 70 countries. The undergraduate experience for these students is complicated by being farther away from their homes and support systems than most domestic students and having extra hurdles to navigate such as visas and other regulations. Gifts to this destination will provide scholarship aid specifically for international students.
The Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for leadership donors to directly impact the life of a talented student. Gifts of $10,000 or more can be used to establish a one-year named scholarship through The Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Program. Mount Holyoke Fund Scholar donors will receive a report from their scholar during the academic year with details about their studies and activities.
UPDATE: Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Match
In January, Mount Holyoke trustee Bess Weatherman ’82 issued a special $250,000 match in support of the College’s scholarship fundraising initiative. The Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Match was a tremendous success — in just four weeks, 34 donors rose to the challenge, bringing in $250,000 in new gifts and pledges for The Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Program.
Inspired by the enthusiastic response, trustee Monica Landry ’90 has issued a new $250,000 challenge so even more people can directly support our talented students. This opportunity will once again match, dollar for dollar, all new gifts between $5,000 and $25,000 made to The Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Program. Each Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars gift provides a one-year named scholarship in the amount of the gift to a student with demonstrated need. As a unique benefit of this challenge, we are offering a special opportunity to support a Mount Holyoke Fund Scholar with a minimum gift of $5,000.
This match will only include new gifts of $5,000+ received starting April 1 or later. The match will run through the end of the fiscal year or until funds are exhausted.
To count for this match, gifts need to be:
New gifts and pledges from individuals made after April 1, 2021 (pledges must be fulfilled by June 30, 2021).
Directed to The Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Program.
Between $5,000 and $25,000.
Each individual donor is eligible for a total of $25,000 in matching funds as part of The Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Match. This $25,000 maximum includes gifts made during the first round of the match as well as gifts made during this second round.
Gifts will be matched starting on April 1, 2021 and will run until funds are exhausted.
While the official entry level for Mount Holyoke Fund Scholarships is $10,000, as a unique benefit of this challenge, we are able to offer a special opportunity to create a one-year named scholarship with a minimum one-time gift or pledge of $5,000.
Gifts or pledges made before April 1, 2021 are not eligible for the match. Only new gifts or pledges of $5,000+ made on or after April 1, 2021 will be eligible for matching funds.
Yes, matching dollars will be acknowledged in your class totals at the end of the fiscal year.
Donors to The Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Program have a direct impact on the lives of our incredible students with demonstrated need. Donors will receive a report about their scholar during the academic year* with details about their studies and activities.
*Mount Holyoke Fund Scholar Program gifts made after March 31 will be assigned to a student in the next academic year.
You are in luck — all gifts to the Scholarship Aid destinations within The Mount Holyoke Fund provide immediate support to students. You can designate your support to one of the specific gift destinations listed above, or select the general Scholarship Aid destination if you do not have a preference.
Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Match
A $250,000 dollar for dollar match is currently available for all new gifts from individuals between $5,000 and $25,000 made to The Mount Holyoke Fund Scholars Program. Gifts will be matched until funds are exhausted.
Matched to date: $235,754 Funds available: $14,246 As of May 13, 2021
Scholarship aid has never been more important in the lives of Mount Holyoke’s exceptional students and in the College’s ability to grow and evolve to meet the moment. To support this priority, generous donors have come forward in an unprecedented way. »Learn More.
Thank you for making our second March4MHC Challenge a huge success! Over the course of the challenge, a record-breaking 4,800+ members of the Mount Holyoke community joined together to help surpass our ambitious goal of 4,000 donors, giving more than $1.3 million to The Mount Holyoke Fund. »View final challenge results.
In 1837, Mary Lyon was the catalyst for change in women's education worldwide. With the help of a community that believed—and invested—in her vision, this one woman started a revolution.
When you make a gift to The Mount Holyoke Fund, you are joining a community that continues to advance Mary Lyon's pioneering vision today. Annual gifts have a big impact, creating extraordinary opportunities for our students and empowering them to be changemakers in the world around them.
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