BE INSPIRED. campaign goal increased to $60 million
May 31, 2018   //   By:   //   Campus & Community, Campus and Community

The Elizabethtown College, $50 million BE INSPIRED. campaign goal, publicly announced in 2016, has been achieved. So, with more than two years remaining in the campaign, the Board of Trustees recently voted to expand the College’s funding priorities, tied to a new strategic plan. The increased goal of an additional $10 million, brings it to $60 million.

From the initial funds, the Board had earmarked $6 million for support of student scholarship through need- and merit-based financial assistance; College Honors, Momentum and Prestigious Fellowship programs, and the first- and second-year student experiences. The goal also included faculty resources in enhanced research studies as well as support for the student faculty research partnerships.

The initial $50 million campaign goal also set aside $250,000 for the initial funding of the new biomedical and civil engineering programs.

Together we will continue to do great things to improve the College and prepare our students for meaningful careers in service.”

“As chair of the Be MORE Inspired campaign, I am continually impressed by the support, energy and enthusiasm of the donors, volunteers, faculty and staff,” said Jim Shreiner ’73. “Together we will continue to do great things to improve the College and prepare our students for meaningful careers in service.”

Creation of the Hess Archives in the High Library, expansion of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, the building of the Bollman Fabrication Lab and the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being fell within the initial goal, too. Groundbreaking for the $24 million Bowers Center took place in late February 2018, with construction beginning the next month. Along with the Young Center expansion, the Bowers Center construction falls under the “Building Community” priority of the campaign. With $18.2 million raised thus far, it is the largest construction project in the history of the College.

When the Board of Trustees increased the campaign goal to $60 million, they added priorities in residential facility renewal such as residence halls updates and the consideration of townhouse-style living. Also benefiting from the increased funds are the new academic programs in data analytics, chemistry laboratory sciences, finance and graphic design and the creation of a new physician’s assistant program and an occupational therapy doctorate program.

Additional funds will support the expansion of Career Services, including student internships and mentoring programs and continued support of need- and merit-based financial assistance.

About the Author :

E.A. (Elizabeth) Harvey is the communications manager and news editor at Elizabethtown College. She has worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications since 2008, after more than two decades as a newspaper feature writer. She holds a bachelor's degree in corporate communication from Elizabethtown College.

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