For those of us staring down the barrel on turning forty (and those of us who have already made the leap), it’s hard to imagine that we are almost 20 years removed from our time at Williams. Yet, the memories of our years spent in Williamstown are fresh enough that we can – if we’re lucky enough to sneak a few minutes away from our busy careers, families, and other assorted obligations and responsibilities – relive them like it was yesterday. One benefit of getting closer to being full-fledged grown-ups is that we take even more pride when Williams receives national recognition for its academics, faculty, athletics, arts and alumni.
Many of you have been giving to Williams annually since you graduated. For the rest of you, now is the time to dive in. The annual cost of tuition, room and board is now $54,560, and more than half of the student body receives financial aid of one form or another that enables them to attend a college that has been rated number one in U.S. News and World Report for 10 years running. The Alumni Fund plays a critical role in making a Williams education accessible to all, by supporting the college’s core programs (students, faculty, financial aid, and academic and residential facilities) and making up the difference between the actual cost of educating a student (which is just shy of $100,000) and what that student pays in tuition, room and board.
Despite the economic downturn, our numbers as a class last year were tremendous. We raised an impressive $x, our highest gift ever, with over x% of the class participating. Our goal this year is even more ambitious – $x and x% participation. Please join us in giving back to the college to ensure that others who may not be able to otherwise afford a Williams education have the opportunity to learn what we already know: Williams is a unique and special place.
As in years past, we encourage you to go to http://give2.williams.edu to make a gift to the Alumni Fund or call 1-888-374-8110 to make a gift over the phone by credit card. For those of you who tend to procrastinate, we’ll be reaching out to you in the coming months. That said, feel free to reach out to either of us with questions, comments or concerns.
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