Heidi Grey Niblack graduated from Colby Junior College in 1968 and just celebrated her 50th reunion by offering a tremendous gift to the college. Heidi and her husband John generously donated $500,000 to establish an endowment to support student internships and engaged learning opportunities. “We are deeply grateful for John’s and Heidi’s extraordinary generosity, Senior Development Officer Beth Camp ’92 said. Their investment makes an immediate impact and allows our students the flexibility to dream big and pursue robust and meaningful internship experiences.”

John and Heidi have always been supportive of Colby-Sawyer College. During the planning for the new Center for Art + Design, the Niblacks made a generous gift that was used to construct The John and Heidi Grey Niblack ’68 Black Box Theater. Building on years of generous support of the college, their recent gift to the endowment marks John and Heidi’s eligibility to be inducted into the Colby-Sawyer College Legends Society, which celebrates extraordinary philanthropy of over $1 million. The Niblacks will be inducted into the society next year.

The Niblack’s latest extraordinary gift will allow Colby-Sawyer to award grants to deserving students based on their academic achievements and campus involvement in order to pursue ambitious internship opportunities.

“The opportunities that these scholarships offer our students are amazing,” Director of Career Development Jennifer Tockman said. “They allow students to participate in internships possibly beyond their reach. Through these grants, we have seen students go far and wide using the benefits and having incredible professional experiences, not only across the United States, but across the world.”

John and Heidi are retired and split the year between their homes in New York City, Palm Beach, Fla. and Lyme, Conn. They also enjoy traveling; this past year, they cruised from Barcelona to Lisbon and took a trip exploring Wyoming, Arizona and Utah. They are passionate Chinese art collectors and active with Asian collector groups at the Norton Museum in Florida, the Met in New York and in the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society

John and Heidi Grey Niblack ’68