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Preparing Future Leaders

Guilford College changes lives. Guilford graduates change the world.

At Guilford College, students experience the rigor and richness of a traditional liberal arts education, while also building the cross-disciplinary skills to succeed in the workforce, in graduate school and in community leadership. In a learning environment founded in Quaker values, Guilford students bring a commitment to social justice, tolerance and equality to everything they do — in the classroom and beyond.

The talent, dedication and diversity of the student community make Guilford great. But amid strained family budgets, too many promising future leaders struggle to afford an outstanding college education.

Advancing Excellence will invest $15 million in new endowed scholarships to make Guilford possible for the most vibrant minds of the next generation. The campaign will also invest $11 million to endow the innovative academic programs that make a Guilford education uniquely powerful.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships provide perennial funding to strengthen Guilford's student community in perpetuity. $15 million in endowed scholarships will yield $750,000 in additional scholarship funding every year. Your gift will make a difference for students, families and the entire Guilford community—forever.

Center for Principled Problem Solving:

Advancing Excellence will invest $5 million to provide permanent support for Guilford's signature academic center. The Center for Principled Problem Solving helps faculty and students connect academic and real-world challenges with the core values at the heart of Guilford's Quaker heritage. A $2.5 million "challenge" gift from a generous donor will double the impact of every gift to this program.

Guilford Connects:

$1 million in endowed funds will advance Guilford Connects, an innovative campus-wide program in which students of all majors work with faculty mentors to connect the classroom to the world. The heart of Guilford Connects is experiential learning outside the classroom—including service learning, student government and athletics. Over four years of the program, students develop digital portfolios that incorporate their academic and extracurricular achievements and articulate their plans for the future.

Innovative Programs:

Through Advancing Excellence , Guilford will create $5 million in permanent endowed support for a range of essential programs that enrich the Guilford experience for all students, including Study Abroad, the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program and the Center for Continuing Education. The College will also invest in a Green Fund to support sustainability initiatives on campus and preserve the College's beloved 240-acre woods as a "living laboratory" for study, research, and stewardship.

North Carolina Student Financial Assistance Fund:

Guilford’s North Carolina Student Financial Assistance Fund is part of the College’s response to a $2.5 million reduction in financial aid for in-state students as a result of budget cuts by the General Assembly. The cuts affect all of the state’s independent colleges and universities. The goal is to raise $1 million in new funding support by June 30, 2014 for current use financial assistance. A half million dollars approximates the amount of state-funded aid lost by the 100 neediest N.C. students at Guilford who are losing more than $5,000 per year on average.