The cost of a four-year undergraduate degree rises every year, and yet a college degree is almost becoming a requirement in our global economy. At a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, it is our belief that a commitment to education is the greatest gift we can give to the next generation.
Our students are the center of all we do, and they come to us with a great diversity of experiences, ethical leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit. Our students work 24 hours per week on average. More than half of them are married, and a quarter of them have children. While these life circumstances teach tremendous time management, they also create hardships.
These students are just like you – energetic, passionate, and full of ideas and optimism. But they need your help because while public funding for higher education has decreased dramatically, costs have not.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Huntsman School awarded scholarships totaling a record $1,040,000 to 557 students. This was a fivefold increase since 2006. We are truly humbled by the generosity of our alumni and friends.
But this Fall, we welcomed more than 2,200 students into our classrooms. The cost of their education keeps rising, and public funding keeps decreasing.
I hope you will join me and make a gift to the Huntsman School Scholarship Fund so that we can build on the success of our current scholarship awards and provide more students with scholarship support.