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$3M alumni gift will further expand experiential learning opportunities for all students

August 24, 2018

Earlham College has received a $3 million gift from alumni Alan ’74 and Peggy Scantland ’74 to enhance the student experience, support enrollment initiatives, and expand opportunities for student-faculty collaborative learning.

“Peg and I both believe in Earlham. We are very impressed by the educational opportunities it is offering to students,” says Alan Scantland. “Both of us benefitted from tremendous opportunities when we were Earlham students, and we are happy to be able to support a variety of important initiatives at the College.”

Highlights of the gift, which is pledged over a three-year period, will include support for:

  • Continuing Earlham’s recently piloted Engagement Grants program, which provide support for students who are academically sound and engaged in the campus community but at risk of leaving due to financial concerns;
  • Expanding Earlham’s Summer Research Fund;
  • Launching a three-week off-campus program in May for student-athletes;
  • Increasing funds for student conference travel; and
  • Expanding support for teaching faculty to integrate co-curricular experiences into academic departments, programs and divisions.

“We are grateful that our alumni continue to make leadership gifts to create exceptional learning opportunities for our students,” Interim President Avis Stewart says. “This generous gift will support innovations in our curriculum that will significantly impact learning for all students, regardless of major or background.”

This gift will bolster support for Earlham’s EPIC initiative, a student-centered approach to the liberal arts and sciences that connects traditional coursework with transformative learning experiences, including research, off-campus study, internships and leadership development, to prepare students for life after college.

Earlham also offers The EPIC Advantage — a funded internship, project or research experience (averaging $5,000) for all students — a level of support that few other institutions in the country can match. Last year, 324 students participated in EPIC Advantage experiences across the world. Earlham launched The EPIC Advantage with a $7.5 million gift from the Scantlands in the spring of 2017.

With the addition of this new funding, Earlham is positioned to once again offer Engagement Grants to students with evidenced engagement in and out of the classroom. Last year, more than 60 students in good academic standing were approved for these awards averaging $2,200 per student, based on the students’ need, as part of the roll out of the three-year program.

Next May, student-athletes competing in men’s basketball and women’s volleyball will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, as part of effort to make sure all students benefit from EPIC. The program offers student-athletes an opportunity for high impact experiential learning, international travel and athletic competition. The program provides a new option to student-athletes who are interested in off-campus study, in addition the numerous offerings the College already offers to all students.

The increased support for teaching faculty will enable continued innovation and integration of EPIC into academic departments, divisions and programs.

“With funding over a three-year period, we have the opportunity to evaluate the success of each initiative and tailor our offerings to best meet the needs and expectations of this incoming generation,” says Kristin Champa, vice president for institutional advancement. “This gift is a wonderful example of alumni co-investing in the Earlham experience. We are grateful that the Scantlands are continuing to support the College’s ongoing commitment to deliver the high-impact opportunities that students need to prepare for rewarding careers, wherever their paths may take them.”

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. We rank 7th nationally for Best Classroom Experience, according to The Princeton Review.

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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