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Endowing Our Future

Anticipated Funds Needed: $110-150 MILLION

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Endowment Supports Our Foundation of Innovative Learning

A liberal arts education requires breadth, depth, and integration in learning. It demands the cultivation of those habits of intellectual and moral self-discipline that distinguishes a mature individual. This approach to learning empowers our students to successfully navigate complex environments and enables them to take part in solving global challenges.

Today, we must increase our endowment in order to extend our tradition of providing life-changing education and experiences for the next generation of St. Lawrence students. We must raise our available endowment dollars per student to match—or exceed—our peer institutions. Every Laurentian is called upon to help sustain and advance the St. Lawrence experience.

Funding Opportunities

  • Endow a Professorship – $2.5 million minimum each

    Endowed professorships are crucial for bringing the best scholars, researchers, and innovators to St. Lawrence. An endowed professorship exists in perpetuity at St. Lawrence, supporting salaries and providing an annual research stipend to stimulate new teaching and learning opportunities. Our goal is to raise the number of endowed professorships from 33 to 50 during the Campaign.

  • Endow a Head Coach or Program Director – $1.5 million minimum each

    Today, more than 90 percent of our students participated in high school athletics, and one-third of them play on a varsity team. By endowing coaching positions, you recognize the importance of leadership on and off the field. Your support enhances our competitive advantage, elevates our programs’ reputations, and provides an educational environment that embraces a campus-wide approach to wellness. Program director positions outside of athletics can also be endowed.  A recent example includes the endowing of the director of Health and Counseling Services position.

  • Endow a Scholarship – $100,000 minimum each (unrestricted scholarship)/$150,000 minimum each (restricted scholarship)

    To attract promising academic talent, we must stay competitive with our financial aid. We remain committed to providing access to all students, regardless of their economic status. Our goal is to raise at least $50 million in endowed scholarships during the Campaign.

  • Endow an Experiential Learning Fund - $100,000 - $150,000 minimum each

    From internships and student-faculty research, to travel abroad and community service, endowed funds can be established to support experiential learning.  Our goal is to raise at least $10 million toward experiential learning during the Campaign.

Endowed Professorships

Endowment Supports Our Intellectual Heroes

Endowed professorships are crucial for bringing the best scholars, researchers, and innovators to St. Lawrence. Your gift both provides students the opportunity to study with some of the foremost experts in their fields, and it honors the exceptional educators who have made a profound difference in your life.

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Endowed Student Scholarships

Endowment Supports the Cultivation of Academic Talent

To attract promising academic talent, we must stay competitive with our financial aid.  We remain committed to providing access to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status.  Regardless of background, we know that Every Laurentian arrives in Canton with different needs.  Our values and our traditions—combined with our financial assistance—make it possible for new generations of students to engage with the St. Lawrence experience.

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Endowed Travel and Research Funds

Endowment Supports Learning Around the World

From internships and student-faculty research, to travel abroad and community service, endowed funds can be established to support experiential learning. Our goal is to raise at least $10 million towards experiential learning during the Campaign.

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Endowed Coaches and Staff Positions

Endowment Supports Our Competitive Advantage

By endowing coaching positions, you recognize the importance of leadership on and off the fields. Your support also goes toward enhancing our competitive advantage, elevating our programs’ reputations, and providing an educational environment that embraces a campus-wide approach to wellness.

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Endowed Academic Programs

Endowment Supports the Liberal Arts in Action

St. Lawrence University’s endowment provides continuous investment back to the University, fulfilling the University’s immediate needs. It sustains and advances our unique programs, such as the New York City Semester, Business in the Liberal Arts, SLU Connect, the Adirondack Semester, and the Sustainability Program —all of which must be endowed well into our future.

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Featured News

  • Bill Martin

    Alumnus Gift to Support Arts & Theater at St. Lawrence

    A $1.5 million gift from a Class of 1967 alumnus and North Country native will go toward supporting theater and performing arts programming at St. Lawrence University for years to come.

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  • Endowing Our Future - Professorships -Valentine Story

    Laurentians Invest in Learning by Honoring Teaching and Mentorship

    Throughout his time here, Professor Emeritus of Psychology Jim Wallace has seen firsthand the emotional bond that Laurentians share with this place and with each other. His mentorship of one student, Hilary Ayn Valentine ’89, was transformational.

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  • Endowing Our Future Landing - Douglas Story

    Laurentians Create Meaningful Legacies Through Scholarships

    Actor, author, humanitarian, and philanthropist Kirk Douglas ’39 attended St. Lawrence during the time of the Great Depression and during a time when Jewish people were widely persecuted. His own experiences made him mindful of students who face significant struggles, and his Laurentian spirit of philanthropy inspired him to give back.

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The St. Lawrence Fund is the Cornerstone of Laurentian Giving.  It is a way every Laurentian can participate and make their gift count during this campaign.