The Campaign for Wheelock

Campaign for Wheelock Goals: Five Transformational Firsts


Lisa Kriszun '12

"[Wheelock is] the best school to prepare me to be a teacher in the US."


"Should any part of the dream [I have been able to write] come true, it will lead to a new vision."
- Lucy Wheelock, Creation of a New Model Kindergarten

Nearly one-third, or $25 million, of the $80 million Campaign for Wheelock goal is designated for faculty and student programs and unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund, essential support that provides for scholarships and the financial flexibility that allows the College to maintain its day-to-day quality of operations and to respond to new opportunities and challenges as they arise.

The remaining amount of the Campaign goal—$55 million—is dedicated to five first-of-their-kind funds for Wheelock: endowments for Student Scholarships, Professorships, Innovation, and Technology Enhancement and Innovation, and a fund for Campus Facilities Projects.

Purpose Goal
$25 million
TOTAL $80 million


Five Transformational Firsts

$10 Million - A New Level for Scholarship Endowments
Financial assistance in the form of scholarships is critical to Wheelock's ability to attract and retain the best students who are passionate about the mission and goals of the College. Today, Wheelock is building on pioneering initiatives such as the Charles and Irene Frail Hamm '60 $3 million challenge endowment for Urban Teacher Scholarships—the largest at the College to date—to raise the bar with an eight-figure goal for endowed scholarships. Achieving this goal will widen access to a Wheelock education, ensure that opportunities such as service learning are not limited by a student's ability to pay, and prevent career choices from being restricted by the amount of loan debt a graduate must carry.

$5 Million - First Endowed Professorships
Funds to support Wheelock's first endowed professorships, continuing education, professional development, and research opportunities for outstanding faculty are long overdue. Investing in the creative energy of faculty who are responsible for the quality of education the College offers in the years ahead is essential if Wheelock is to continue to be a leader in higher education and in its core professional areas. This fund will provide sorely needed support for these important efforts.

$5 Million - First Endowed Fund for Innovation
Wheelock has long been known as an innovator in higher education and in the professional fields that it prepares our students to enter. The College must have resources for programs, curriculum development, and collaborative initiatives if it is to continue to respond creatively to the ever more complex, rapidly changing needs in higher education and in society.

$5 Million - First Endowed Fund for Technology Enhancement and Innovation
Information technology informs education at all levels and in every aspect, and keeping current with first-quality technology is a basic requirement at colleges and universities everywhere. At Wheelock, a technology endowment will ensure the ability to continue to advance teaching and learning through technology, to develop and access the most innovative technology-based curricula, to support excellent IT staff, and to invest in new technologies as they develop and are needed to continue the work of the College. Wheelock has always been ahead of the curve in teaching education theory and practice. It must now empower its students to be leaders in using technology to access and create new teaching and learning resources.

$30 Million - First Fund for Facilities and a Sustainable Campus Environment
The effort to maintain, upgrade, and expand facilities and equipment is an ongoing challenge for Wheelock. Continuing to provide improvements to physical resources will be crucial to all aspects of the College's future: attracting new students and sustaining enrollment; supporting teaching and learning with modern classrooms, laboratories, studios, library facilities, and offices; and encouraging a vital sense of community through spaces for events, activities, and student services. Energy conservation and new initiatives to "green" Wheelock's buildings and campus environment are expensive but urgent needs that are in keeping with College values and that will conserve financial resources in the long run.

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