News Marlboro College Receives $1.3 Million for a Range of Initiatives
MARLBORO, VT — (October 17, 2013) — Marlboro College is please to announce that it was promised more than $1.3 million in September, thanks to the generosity of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation and Marlboro College Trustee Ted Wendell. These funds will support a range of initiatives, from international programs to the Bridges orientation program for new students, which are integral to the academic success of students at this small and close-knit learning community.
The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation pledged Marlboro a grant of $825,000 over the next three years, to go toward international programs, career services, admissions and marketing, and planning for the future.
“Endeavor’s board and I are so pleased to support the continuing efforts of Marlboro College to provide its special and meaningful brand of educational experience,” said Julie Kidd, president of the foundation. “Marlboro offers an essential sort of student-centered, interdisciplinary education and close-knit, supportive community that is very difficult to find in today’s higher education landscape.”
Marlboro also received a gift of $500,000 from Ted and Mary Wendell, longtime friends of the college, to go toward the Bridges orientation program as well as other operational costs. Ted Wendell is a founding partner for Northern Cross, an international investment managing firm based in Boston, as well as a trustee of Marlboro College since 1979.
“I believe in Marlboro, in the mission to preserve the intense, one-on-one teaching that has been Marlboro’s practice over the years,” said Wendell. The Bridges program, which offers fully funded, peer-guided activities such as backpacking, spelunking, dance, and writing to welcome new students, was launched in 2008 with the Wendells’ support.
Marlboro President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell said, “These are challenging times for small, liberal arts colleges like Marlboro, as students and their parents struggle to balance the costs of a college education with an uncertain future. Generous gifts such as these from the Wendells and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation support the view that providing this form of education is of vital importance to the world of higher education.”
“Without small jewels like Marlboro among the usually less effective giants, higher education would have nowhere to look for real life examples of true efficacy and excitement in the college experience,” continued Julie Kidd. “For all these reasons, we feel energized by the thought of assisting Marlboro in establishing an even firmer footing for itself in the years to come.”
With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment, and make a positive difference in the world. At our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and our Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability, and community.