Everyone who contributes to the Power of Infinity Campaign makes a difference, no matter the amount. Our donors have different preferences for how their gift should be used, and we want to align those wishes with the college’s priorities. When that happens, the impact of a gift is exponential. Together, we can make every aspect of the student experience even better.
What giving means to me
We are a diverse community of alumni, trustees, faculty and staff, students, parents and friends. And we all have our own thoughts about what giving means.
As a graduate (and now employee) of Colby-Sawyer, I’m deeply committed to the success of the Nursing Program. I’m directly involved in and responsible for helping shape the next generation of nursing professionals, which is a source of great pride and accomplishment in my life.
I grew up in a culture where it was not really encouraged for a woman to be educated. So when I came to the United States it was like a breath of fresh air. Education is very important to me and a big part of who I am. I consider myself very lucky to have gone to Colby-Sawyer.
When you give to Colby-Sawyer, you know your dollar is going to the student; there is no fluff. Students are getting an education in and outside the classroom. It’s an opportunity for them to learn from some of the most talented faculty and staff in the country. Students are valued at Colby-Sawyer.
Each gift to the college supports Colby-Sawyer’s mission to help students thrive and grow as they prepare for the next phase of their lives.
When I teach, I think about how my liberal arts undergraduate university, not my graduate school, nurtured my academic skills and habit of mind. I give to the college because I know Colby-Sawyer is educating our future professors, lawyers, nurses, artists, writers, athletic trainers, psychologists, filmmakers and much more. Our graduates will always look back at this college on the hill as pivotal to their success.
I am from Nepal and feel very lucky to attend Colby-Sawyer. This opportunity would not be possible without the generosity of people I don’t even know. I am very fortunate to benefit from the kindness of strangers!
Colby-Sawyer College has played a key role in the history of New London, and it continues to be instrumental to the town’s identity. Supporting the college means supporting an important intellectual community that extends beyond the campus.
My scholarships have given me the freedom to embrace any, and every, opportunity I can without the pressure or stress of not being able to afford it. This has made it possible for me to volunteer, lead a club, and complete an internship that sparked a passion for a career that I had never considered.
Haiku on Why I Give to Colby-Sawyer
They learn, dream, become
when students breathe the pure air
of this wondrous place.
Colby-Sawyer College is not a wealthy institution financially, but the value it provides to students is profound. Giving to the college has a direct impact on our students and the future of Colby-Sawyer, often in a very visible way. Every dollar counts. We feel privileged to be involved so directly in influencing the lives of students and the future of Colby-Sawyer.
We use automatic payroll deductions for convenience, but the most intimate and interesting opportunities for giving have been those involving special causes or events. It feels surprisingly good to support a student group or to donate to a special initiative on campus. Even small contributions make a difference and can help to advance a worthwhile cause.
One of the most valuable things I will always thank Colby-Sawyer College for is believing in my potential. Being part of the college has changed my life and continues to provide me with opportunities to meet all my goals and achieve my dreams.
I support Colby-Sawyer because a liberal arts education helps to shape the necessary intellectual acumen and social empathy for one to become involved in all life-changing endeavors; to communicate openly and to listen with respect; and to respect diversity and the multiplicity of opinions as key components to the creative and problem-solving process.
Giving to Colby-Sawyer, for me, is a way to honor my wife. This school meant so much to Nan. She continued her involvement with the college long after she graduated, and her best friends were her classmates. I will continue to support Colby-Sawyer as it meant the world to Nan.
What does giving mean to you?
“I want to give students opportunities to be in a small learning environment. I want to share that, and I am also interested in helping the college be as diverse as possible.”