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Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College Goes Public with School-Record $36.4 million Raised


Monday, September 24, 2012

Westminster College launched the public phase of the most successful fundraising campaign in the independent liberal arts college’s 160-year history over the weekend with a campus-wide celebration and announcement that Westminster had already raised $36.4 million for Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College.

Most colleges expect to raise about half of the campaign goal during the quiet phase of the campaign. Westminster reached 91 percent of Ever Higher’s $40-million goal during the past two years. Ever Higher, with several years remaining in the campaign, has already surpassed the $35 million raised by Westminster’s Heritage Campaign in the early 1990s.

"Westminster College is an instrument of enormous change. Our mission is to transform individual lives, which in turn transform our communities, our nation, and the world," Westminster College President Dr. Richard Dorman said. "We do this one student at a time. Our success in doing so has endured since 1852. In recent decades, strong momentum has placed Westminster on an upward trajectory resulting in increased national recognition for the quality of the education we offer, the human character we develop, and the affordability we maintain. Still, we have new heights to reach."

"This is our time and our opportunity to elevate Westminster College to greater prominence by investing in our students, faculty, facilities and programs. This is Westminster’s time to rise Ever Higher."

Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College priorities:
  • People & Programs -- $9.5 million for endowed scholarships, faculty development, academic program enhancements, and the John & Elizabeth Drinko Center for Experiential Learning
  • Facility & Campus Improvements -- $16.5 million for Patterson Hall renovation, Hoyt Science Center renovation, construction of Berlin Village Phase II student townhouses, athletics, and campus landscaping
  • The Westminster Fund -- $8 million in annual gifts to the Westminster Fund scholarship contributions to reduce educational expenses for all students and enhance academic, athletic, and student life programs
  • Legacy Gifts for Our Future -- $6 million in future gifts to endowment through trusts, bequests, charitable gift annuities, and other long-term arrangements to create a permanent donor legacy

"Ever Higher is all about the students and the myriad ways they will benefit from the generosity of our donors," according to Gloria Cagigas, vice president for institutional advancement. "Westminster is blessed with loyal alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College who choose to make an investment in Westminster’s people and programs. They understand that enriching the lives of our students will pay dividends today and in the future as our students will uplift the lives of people everywhere."

Robert Patton, a 1950 Westminster graduate, trustee emeritus, and chair of the campaign, said, "During my time as a student at Westminster, I found knowledgeable and caring men and women who challenged me, motivated me, and pointed me toward success. Since then, I have seen the value of my education confirmed many times over. With each passing year, my gratitude for my Westminster experience has continued to grow – as has my desire to give back as fully as I received."

"During this celebration, we can all express our appreciation for the benefits Westminster has brought – and continues to bring – to each of us," Patton added. "Thank you for making a lasting difference in the lives of bright, hard-working students and in the future of this extraordinary institution."

Thomas Tupitza, a 1979 Westminster graduate and chair of the Board of Trustees, said, "Ever Higher is off to a great start and we must build on this momentum to make sure future generations of Westminster students have the opportunity to experience our hallmark interdisciplinary approach to teaching and orientation toward solving real-word problems. Westminster provides our students with the practical skills to thrive no matter what they pursue after graduation. We are not only educating students, we are preparing them to lead lives as responsible and engaged citizens."

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Students, faculty and staff attend the Ever Higher kickoff in the Wallace Memorial Chapel.



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Students celebrate the Ever Higher kickoff at a campus-wide picnic.