St. Olaf College’s For the Hill and Beyond comprehensive campaign has surpassed 75 percent of its $200 million goal. As of May 31, donors have generously committed more than $153.1 million.
For the Hill and Beyond seeks to raise more than $159 million in endowed funds and $41 million in current gifts to advance high-impact learning, strengthen community, enhance affordability, and sustain St. Olaf’s mission. These priorities reflect the promises St. Olaf has long made to its students — to meet their financial need, help them find their purpose, and best prepare them to lead productive, fulfilling, and purposeful lives.
“We are grateful for the generosity that Oles, parents, faculty and staff, and friends have shown, and for the impact their generosity is making for our students,” says St. Olaf Vice President of Advancement Enoch Blazis. “For example, donors have committed more than $47 million for financial aid, which has added 215 new annual scholarship awards so far, as well as 84 endowed funds to increase access to learning opportunities inside the classroom, across campus, and worldwide. They have also committed more than $4.8 million to the St. Olaf Fund this past year alone — this is the most donors have given in a single year.”
Gifts have helped increase access to international and off-campus study, faculty-mentored student research, professional internships, and St. Olaf’s Conversation programs. Others are adding opportunities to strengthen community and campus life, including the Institute for Freedom and Community and an indoor ice arena.
“We are excited by the progress we have made together,” says Blazis, “and for the conversations we continue to have with alumni and friends who want to make a lasting, positive impact on the Hill.”