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Alumni support for students during COVID-19

April 06, 2020

Hundreds of Earlham College students have benefited from alumni support in recent weeks following campus action to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

About 75 gifts have been made to the Dean’s Discretionary Fund from alumni and other supporters to address the College’s most pressing needs since the suspension of in-person classes on Friday, March 13.

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These gifts have funded emergency air travel for students and transportation to airports for students with high financial need. Groceries and catered meals from locally owned restaurants have also been purchased during the weekend to supplement regular dining services for all students remaining on campus due to international travel restrictions or other unique situations.

“The Dean’s Discretionary Fund is used to support student creativity and help them shape and create those experiences,” Vice President for Student Life Bonita Washington-Lacey said. “Philanthropy is helping us support our students and local businesses at a time when it’s needed the most, without depleting funds used to enhance the student experience. The local business community has, in turn, helped us by offering discounts, delivering food to campus and individually packaging meals to keep our students safe.”

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Alumni are also signing up to support the Office of Admissions with recruiting the Class of 2024. Nearly 100 alumni have agreed to either call, e-mail or video conference with admitted students who are currently deciding where to enroll in the fall.

Earlham remains closed to all non-essential personnel to assist local and state efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Coursework and lectures for the spring semester are being completed by students online.

To keep up to date on campus current events, visit The Pulse.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a College That Changes Lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We expect our students 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.

Princeton Review ranks Earlham in the Top 20 nationally for Best Classroom Experience, and U.S. News & World Report recognizes the College as one of 55 institutions taking pioneering approaches to serving students, and ranks EC 7th for the percentage of international students on campus, 25th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and 34th for “Best Value.”

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


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