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Ensuring Access, Value, and Opportunity in the final year of the campaign

November 20, 2018

Stronger Truer Sewanee—The Campaign for the University of the South



Enjoy these videos highlighting two students who have benefited from internships supported by the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign.

Komal Kunwar, C'19, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sam Kern, C'19, Zionsville, Indiana


As we enter the final year of the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign, it is important to reflect on what has been accomplished and what remains to be done. The campaign has raised over $240 million toward its $250 million goal. We are almost there. And with your help, we will reach and even exceed that goal.

Stronger Truer Sewanee is raising resources that ensure access, value, and opportunity for all students through an expansion of financial aid resources and by increasing funding for career-shaping internships.

So far, over $58 million has been raised for these campaign priorities. The generosity of alumni, families, and friends has had an immediate and lasting impact on Sewanee students, but more support is required to meet our students' needs.

Key accomplishments:

  • The campaign created Cornerstone Scholarships and Internships—a new giving opportunity for donors to support individual students.

  • Over $4.5 million has been raised for internships ($3.3 million in endowment), a key component of the Sewanee Pledge, including medical internship programs such as V–SURE. Providing the opportunity for a sponsored for every student is an important institutional goal, and a pledge to our students. That pledge comes at a cost, and thanks to many donors, we can now support more than 50 more students every year than we could at the beginning of the campaign.
  • Over $50 million in new scholarship support has been raised, including nearly $37 million in new endowment. Because we are a tuition-dependent institution, financial aid remains one of the top needs of the University as we try to build a stronger Sewanee, providing access to all who would thrive here, value in terms of educational excellence, and opportunity in terms of lifelong connections and life-shaping experiences. With these new resources, we are in a much stronger position today than we were at the beginning of the campaign.   

Projects needing continued support:

  • Student-faculty collaborative research—a high impact practice with enormous benefits for students’ engagement in their education and their post-baccalaureate success. At the beginning of the campaign, we set out to raise $4 million in resources to support our excellent undergraduate research program. To date, we have raised a little more than $2.6 million. Research experiences in college have been shown to enhance student engagement and improve students’ prospects after college, and our undergraduate research program is designed to spread the wealth broadly.

  • More internship endowment, to ensure that the Sewanee Pledge can be part of the Sewanee experience in years to come. While we have surpassed our goal for internship support, thanks to the new Cornerstone program and some truly generous gifts and grants (for civic engagement and V–SURE, for example), we have raised less money for internship endowment than we hoped. We are still seeking $700,000 in endowment pledges to ensure that we can keep the Sewanee Pledge in years to come.
  • Continued participation in the spendable Cornerstone Scholarship and Internship program for impact on students’ lives right now. The Cornerstone program has been successful in engaging donors and connecting them with students. To maintain the impact this program makes requires annual commitments and ongoing engagement in work where the connection between the student and donor is strong, and the impact of the gift is transparent.

For all who love Sewanee, this is our time.
For all who have shared in the splendor of this place
and been transformed by it, this is our chance.

If you are interested in a gift that goes beyond current-use dollars, named endowed internship funds begin at the $100,000 level. Named endowed scholarship funds begin at the $150,000 level for the College and $75,000 for the School of Theology.