Support for the ongoing programs of the College derives in large part from annual tuition revenues, which cover approximately 78 percent of the costs. Additional assistance comes from endowed funds providing support for academic and extracurricular programs.
John W. Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-Legal Studies
Established in 2008 by the Foundation for Law, Justice, and Society, in honor of John W. Adams, father of Michael W. Adams, Class of 1993. Income from the fund provides endowed support to the John W. Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-Legal Studies, a summer research program administered by Kenyon's Law and Society Program for student and faculty that emphasizes the study of law, legal institutions, and the legal profession and examines law-related issues that emerge across disciplines. First priority for support from the Fund shall be the summer research programs for students. Should the President and Provost of Kenyon College determine that the John W. Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-Legal Studies no longer serves the needs of Kenyon College, the endowed fund may be designated by them to support a similar summer research program for students and faculty in the social sciences or humanities, or such other program deemed in the best interest of Kenyon College that is in some fashion consistent with the intent of the gift.
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See past winners of the John W. Adams Program
Alper Family Fund for Art Programming
Established in 2007 by a gift from Carolyn S. Alper P'71 and Richard S. Alper, Class of 1971, through the Small-Alper Family Foundation and individually, the Alper Family Fund for Art Programming provides endowed support for public programs in the visual arts at Kenyon College. The Fund is intended to provide support for exhibitions, lectures and interpretive programs, with a preference for those programs focusing on the history of art and its contemporary development.
Established in 2013 in loving memory of Andrew Driscoll Pochter, Class of 2015, by his parents, Elizabeth and Theodore Pochter, with additional contributions from friends, relatives, students, parents, alumni, and other caring individuals. The fund provides support to one or more deserving students, regardless of financial need, whose qualifications and academic pursuits are consistent with the three-fold purpose of the scholarship:
a) To promote global understanding through the recipient's participation in a summer internship or in an immersion undergraduate study experience in an Islamic nation in the Middle East, including North Africa;
b) To advance the recipient's interdisciplinary concentration or major studies in a field related to international affairs and the Middle East; and
c) To advance the recipient's proficiency in the foreign language of an Islamic country.
Andrew J. Bobick '00 Summer Science Endowment Fund
Established in 2013 by James and Sandra Burin Bobick in memory of their son Andrew, a biology major in Kenyon's Class of 2000, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service and had an intense passion for the environment. Income from the fund supports a fellowship or other financial aid for one of more of the students participating in Kenyon's Summer Science Scholar program, each of whom shall be known as an "Andrew J. Bobick Summer Science Scholar."
Brown Family Environmental Center Endowment Fund
Established in 1999 by the Minigowin Foundation, in memory of Robert Bowen Brown, Class of 1911, Honorary 1946, long-time College administrator; his wife, Frances Hearne Brown; their daughters, Antoinette Brown Suter and Frances Brown Newell; and their sons, Harry Whiting Brown II, Class of 1937, and Robert Bowen Brown Jr., Class of 1940, who was killed in World War II. The income supports the programs and other purposes of Kenyon's Brown Family Environmental Center.
Helen Keeler Burke Art Fund
Established in 2006 by Keeler G. Thompson and Diana Steele Thompson, parents of Earl S. Thompson, Class of 2008. The income from this endowed fund supports the Department of Art for exhibitions as well as studio equipment and supplies.
Edith G. Burns and P. Alexander Burns Art Student Assistance Fund
The Edith G. Burns and P. Alexander Burns Art Student Assistance Fund was established in 2006 through the trust from Edith G. Burns and P. Alexander Burns, parents of Thomas A. Burns and grandparents of Alison Burns Tidmarsh, Class of 1997. Income from the fund is used to assist students enrolled in studio art classes with material and equipment purchases, as well as for financial assistance for special art projects, exhibitions, and enrichment.
Established in 1975 by the College in honor of Lillian G. Chard, Honorary 1956, long-time Kenyon dietician. The fund represents gifts from her friends. The income supports drama productions.
Newton Chun Endowment Award
Established in 2003 by Jon Chun in memory of his father, Dr. Newton Chun. Income from the fund provides faculty-members of Kenyon College the opportunity to undertake the scholarship on which their continuing development as teacher-scholars depends. Awards are made through a competition administered every other year through the Provost's office and the Faculty Affairs Committee. Jesse Matz and Wade Powell are past winners for the Newton Chun Award.
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Class of 1963 Gund Gallery Endowed Fund
Established in 2013 on the occasion of the Class of 1963's 50th Reunion by classmates and friends, given in honor of Graham Gund, Class of 1963 and his distinguished service to the College as architect, philanthropist and alumnus. Income from the Fund shall be used to support art exhibitions, programs and acquisitions at the Graham Gund Gallery above and beyond any regular budget support provided by Kenyon College and shall be allocated by the Gallery's director in consultation with the Gund Gallery Board of Directors.
Samuel B. Cummings Jr. Art Purchase Fund
Established in 1996 through a bequest of Professor Samuel B. Cummings Jr., retired member of the Department of Psychology, for the annual or biennial purchase of appropriate works in graphic arts for display at Kenyon College.
Dance Enrichment Fund
Established in 2008 through gifts from the Balsamo Family Foundation, Inc., the primary purpose of the Dance Enrichment Fund is to support and enhance the educational experience of Kenyon's dance program by providing additional financial resources to the Dance department. The endowed fund can be utilized to enhance the creative and professional activities of faculty members and to support visiting artists as well as supporting student dance activities, public programs, faculty and student projects, travel expenses, technical support for public performances and activities such as off-campus conferences and workshops.
Patricia and David C. Daulton '59 Endowed Faculty Venture Fund for Mathematics
Created in 2006 by Patricia and David C. Daulton '59 The Patricia and David C. Daulton '59 Endowed Faculty Venture Fund for Mathematics provides resources for the faculty in the mathematics department to enhance the quality of classroom teaching and the knowledge base of its faculty by supporting their professional development and work in the classroom.
Davison Fund for Student Life
Established in 1989 by Charles H. Davison, trustee of the College who died in 2000, and his wife, Lessie Davison, to support student activities and affairs. Specific use of the annual proceeds is determined by the president of the College.
Edgerton Foundation Lectureship on Energy and the Environment
Established in 2005 by Bradford and Louise Edgerton, parents of Catherine A. Kelleher 2006, through the Edgerton Foundation. The Edgerton Lectureship on Energy and the Environment brings visiting scholars to Kenyon College to address energy issues in a public lecture for a general audience, and to provide opportunities for interaction with students, faculty and community members in classes, department seminars and social events.
Fink Endowment Fund for Campus Ministries
Established in 1993 through the estate of Ruth K. Fink, a friend of the College. Annual income is allocated at the discretion of the dean of students in consultation with the Board of Campus Ministries to support student programs in religious life. Preference is given to programs that support worship in the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Grudier Drama Fund
Established in 1975 by Elizabeth Grudier of Gambier, Ohio, a friend and benefactor of the College and daughter of Raymond D. Cahall, Class of 1908 and long-time Kenyon history professor. The income supports drama productions.
Donald B. Hamister Fund
Established in 1989 by Donald B. Hamister, Class of 1944, and his wife, Margaret S. Hamister. The income is used by the Department of Physics to support projects designated by the department chair, in consultation with other members of the department and the president of the College. The income may be used annually or accumulated over a period of years to support a major project.
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Hillel Endowment Fund
Established in 2002 through gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College to recognize the importance of Jewish life at Kenyon. The income supports events and programs sponsored by Hillel for the College community, as well as the services of Hillel's full-time resident director.
James L. Hoagland Family Endowed Faculty Venture Fund for Economics
Established in 2007 by James L. Hoagland P'79 , GP '06, '09, the James L. Hoagland Family Endowed Faculty Venture Fund for Economics provides resources for the faculty in the economics department to enhance the quality of classroom teaching and the knowledge base of its faulty by supporting their professional development and work in the classroom.
Alexander E. Hoedt Foreign Student Assistance Fund
Established in 1987 in memory of Alexander E. Hoedt, Class of 1950, by his family and friends. The proceeds are used for unexpected or unusual expenses incurred by foreign students enrolled at the College. Any student not of American citizenship is eligible for support from this fund, which is administered by the dean of students.
Hoehn-Saric Fund for Global Engagement
Established in 2009 by Pamela Feitler Hoehn-Saric, Class of 1980, parent, Class of 2010. Income from the endowment shall be restricted to use by Kenyon College's Center for Global Engagement for programming purposes including, but not limited to, orientation for international students and their host families, events and activities that support study abroad opportunities for Kenyon students and faculty members, the promotion of global awareness and cultural learning, and professional development of staff in or affiliated with the Center.
Pamela Jensen Faculty Research Fund – Center for the Study of American Democracy
Established in 2013 by colleagues, friends, and former students to honor Pamela K. Jensen for her thirty-three years of dedicated service to advising, teaching, and mentoring generations of students at Kenyon College, the fund provides endowed support to Kenyon faculty members for research, including student-faculty collaborative research on projects related to some fundamental question, text, or theme of American liberal democracy. Implemented by the Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD), these student-faculty projects will be part of the CSAD Democracy Scholars program. Selection of recipients for these competitive summer fellowships will be made by a committee comprised of the Associate Provost, the Director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy, and other faculty, as appropriate.
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Shawn Kelly Memorial Fund
Established in 1991 in memory of Shawn Kelly, Class of 1992, by his family and friends. Annual income is allocated at the discretion of the dean of students to assist members of the College swim team who need financial support in order to participate fully in team activities, such as the annual training trip. In the event this program no longer exists, the income may support deserving students in comparable undertakings. Preference is given to students who share Shawn's integrity of character, academic promise, and commitment.
The Kenyon Campus Community Development Fund
Created in 2001 through a generous gift from Richard Spinner, Class of 1963. Distributions are used at the sole and mutual discretion of the provost and the dean of students to support and enhance the important student-faculty interactions that occur outside of the formal classroom setting and that are a distinguishing factor of life at the College.
Richard Kingan Liggitt Art History Fund
Established in 1991 in memory of Richard K. Liggitt, Class of 1974, by a bequest from Mr. Liggitt. The income supports departmental needs at the discretion of the Department of Art.
P. F. Kluge '64 Collegian Fund
Established in 2007 by Daniel M. Voorhees '95 and Christopher Dorobek in honor of P. F. Kluge of the Class of 1964. Income from the P. F. Kluge F Collegian Fund supports summer internships and special projects of The Kenyon Collegian. Income from the fund is used in consultation with the Dean of Students.
The Margaret E. Leslie Memorial Fund
Established by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Leslie in memory of their daughter, Margaret E. Leslie, Class of 1975, the fund is newly defined in 2012 to support and encourage exhibitions for students majoring in studio art.
Harlene Marley Endowed Fund for Playwriting
Established in 2013 with gifts from Trice Koopman ’77 P’11 and Francis M. Osborne IV ’76, in honor of professor emerita of drama Harlene Marley and her leadership in the development of playwriting at Kenyon College. Income from the Fund will be used to support playwriting studies at Kenyon, with a first priority to support the Harlene Marley Fellowships for Kenyon students serving as interns during the summer Kenyon Institute Kenyon Playwrights Conference, as semester or full-year interns at participating theatre companies or for playwriting scholarships offered as part of the summer conference.
Established in 1986 by the McKnight Foundation. This fund assists the College in responding to the social needs of the surrounding community. The income supports the Off-Campus Activities Program in Psychology.
Mrs. James E. Michael Memorial Fund
Established in 1979 by friends in memory of Kitty Michael, wife of James E. Michael, long-time professor of speech and drama at the College. The income provides altar flowers for the first Sunday in April at the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Newman Endowed Mathematics Fund
Established in 2012 by Eric S. Newman, Class of 1996, and Lora Newman, Class of 1997. Income from the fund supports the Department of Mathematics in ways determined by the chair of the department in consultation with the provost.
Bertram B. and Dianne D. Parker Fund
Established by the College in 1974 from gifts given by Bertram B. Parker, Class of 1970, and his former wife, Dianne D. Parker. The Parkers wished to establish a continuing fund to encourage and promote theatrical productions at the College.
Charles B. Shaffer Fund
Established in 1942 through the will of Charles B. Shaffer, Class of 1883. The income supports the College's Department of Dance and Drama. In 1943 the chairmanship of the speech department, the predecessor of the dance and drama department, was named in honor of Mr. Shaffer.
Michael C. Stone Memorial Fund
Named for Michael C. Stone, Class of 1992, this fund was established as a permanent endowment at the College, in response to Michael's wishes, to support the work of the College's Health and Counseling Center in areas deemed appropriate by the professional staff in meeting students' health and counseling needs.
Student Emergency Assistance Endowed Fund
Established in 2012 by an anonymous donor, the income from the fund provides support to students who incur unexpected or unusual emergency expenses. Expenditures are determined and administered by the Dean of Students.
Student GLBTQ Diversity Fund
Established in 2009 by John E. Schofield, Class of 1965, the purpose of the Fund is to encourage Kenyon College activities that:
1. Provide support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, and those students questioning their sexual identity (GLBTQ students).
2. Foster understanding, acceptance, and tolerance among the general campus community and combat prejudice and discrimination against GLBTQ persons.
3. Accomplish a combination of the above two purposes.
Fund income shall be allocated at the discretion of the Dean of Students to provide financial resources for campus activities such as (but not limited to) printed materials, meetings, discussions, counseling, conferences, speakers, concerts, exhibitions, celebrations, and frivolities. Celebrations of National Coming Out Day are encouraged. Innovative activities are especially encouraged.
Wycoff A. Sword Memorial Fund
Established in 1976 by Nelson B. Wold, Class of 1976, in honor of his grandfather, Wycoff A. Sword, the fund is newly defined in 2010 to support and encourage exhibitions of student artists with a preference for sculpture, painting and photography.
William Mowry Thomas Drama Fund
Established in 1979 by Theodore K. Thomas, Class of 1949, and Mrs. Thomas in loving memory of their son William Mowry Thomas, Class of 1976. The income is used only for the purchase of equipment to be used within the drama program.
Lavinia M. True-Raffoul Anthropology Fund
Established in 2002 by Lavinia M. True-Raffoul, Class of 1987, and her parents, Anna and Gilbert M. True. The income supports the anthropology program for new equipment, library resources, faculty-student research, field trips, outside speakers, and in other ways deemed appropriate by the chair of the department in consultation with the provost. The gift was inspired by the several archaeology research trips Lavinia True made with Professors Patricia Urban and Edward Schortman to Honduras.
H. Landon Warner Memorial Fund
Established in 1990 in memory of Professor of History H. Landon Warner, through gifts from family and friends and a bequest from Professor Warner's estate. The income supports research projects undertaken by students who are majoring in history at the College.
Calvin and Lenice Waugh Endowed Fellowship
Established in 2007 by Larae Bush Schraeder, Class of 1997, and her husband Jeffrey Schraeder, in honor of Larae's grandparents, Calvin and Lenice Waugh. Calvin's personal sacrifices as a disabled World War II veteran and coal miner, and Lenice's service as a devoted caregiver inspired their daughters and granddaughters to pursue the educational opportunities they did not have in rural Ohio. Income from the fund provides support to students who receive need-based financial aid to participate in an externship or internship experience. The fund is administered by Kenyon's Career Development Center under the supervision of the Dean of Students.
Zelkowitz Family Kenyon Hillel Endowment Fund
Established in 2000 by a gift from Helen W. Zelkowitz, made through the Zelkowitz Family Spiritual Leadership Endowment Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. A long-time resident of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Helen Zelkowitz provided tremendous support to the College Jewish community over the years. The income supports Jewish education and Jewish religious services at Kenyon.