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The Power Of Connections

Emerson Challenge Success Just the Beginning

In 2017, the Fred L. Emerson Foundation challenged St. Lawrence to raise $250,000 in support of St. Lawrence University’s Public Interest Corps, or SLU PIC, a program that supports North Country community groups and organizations through student internships. If the University met this challenge within 18 months, the Foundation would donate an additional $250,000. St. Lawrence parents and alumni met the challenge in less than 12 months.

“The success of the Emerson challenge demonstrates just how committed the Laurentian community is to supporting internships, thus strengthening the power of connections,” says Kimberly Robinson Emerson Challenge Success Just the Beginning Hissong ’94, associate vice president for University Advancement. “Through The Campaign for Every Laurentian, we will continue to raise funds for SLU PIC summer undergraduate internships to increase the number from eight to 12, and to create up to five, one-year post-baccalaureate opportunities.”

SLU PIC now has a $500,000 endowment to support summer-long student internships but more is needed to meet the level of interest among students and public-service and nonprofit organizations throughout the North Country. The Campaign will focus on growing SLU PIC and other internship endowments over the next three years.