Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates
Since the launch of Changing Lives, Changing the World, Swarthmore College has focused its fundraising efforts on the projects that will connect disciplines, open doors, advance the common good, and reimagine our campus. With the campaign concluding on June 30, your support is urgently needed for the Student Emergency Fund, The Swarthmore Fund, financial aid, Dining and Community Commons, endowed professorships, Singer Hall, and Lang Music Building.
The Student Emergency Fund
The Student Emergency Fund is just one element of Swarthmore’s response to our students' changing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your gift will provide Swarthmore students with emergency financial assistance that will help them cover expenses for food, medical care, clothing, home internet access, emergency shelter, and a host of other unexpected costs.
Recently the Student Emergency Fund helped:
- A first-year student who didn’t have the resources to be reunited with her family in Houston. The Fund covered the cost of her plane ticket home.
- A student from the Midwest who was headed to stay with her grandmother, but knew her grandmother couldn't afford groceries for both of them. The Fund provided her with a prepaid gift card to a local grocery store.
The Swarthmore Fund
The Swarthmore Fund supports every student by making the experiences that distinguish a Swarthmore education possible. The Swarthmore Fund also allows the College to respond quickly to changing and unexpected needs. You may designate your gift to a specific initiative or allow your gift to remain unrestricted to meet the area of greatest need at any given time. Past Swarthmore Fund gifts have supported:
- • financial aid
- • academic programs
- • community initiatives
- • athletics
- • and much more
At the core of a Swarthmore education is our unwavering commitment to access. Past support has made Swarthmore one of only 11 colleges and universities in the nation to both admit students without consideration of their ability to pay and meet 100% of a family's determined need without loans. All students who demonstrate financial need are offered scholarship aid, about 50% of which comes from endowed funds.
- "Thanks to the generosity of the Swarthmore community, I will be the first in my family to attend college and earn a four-year degree." –Malcolm Bevans '22
- “It is vital...that Swarthmore can maintain and strengthen its diverse, inclusive, campus community and remain a place where one’s individual story is valued and celebrated.” –Lauren Glant '83, donor, The Chloe and Raoul Glant Scholarship
Dining and Community Commons
Inclusive social and community spaces are central to the health and well-being of Swarthmore students, and foundational to the College's residential-based educational model. The Dining and Community Commons is a result of re-envisioning the social and dining experiences that are central to Swarthmore's ability to fulfill its mission of educating the whole person. In the years to come, following the COVID-19 pandemic, fostering connections and building community will be more valued and more important than ever. Learn more about the Dining and Community Commons project.
"This project...represents an opportunity to reimagine how we live in community with one another.”
–Jim Terhune, Vice President and Dean of Students
Creating endowed professorships sustains Swarthmore's model for teaching and learning. It recognizes our faculty's achievements and the profound impact they make in the lives of Swarthmore students and beyond. In turn, it helps provide greater opportunities for faculty to teach their students in environments beyond the classroom. Find out how to create or make a gift to an endowed professorship.
"[I am] extremely grateful and honored to hold this endowed professorship for the support it demonstrates for the place of music and the creative arts at Swarthmore."
–Gerald Levinson, Jane Lang Professor of Music
Maxine Frank Singer ’52 Hall
The new home for biology, engineering, and psychology illustrates how support for our infrastructure helps support the College's mission. Named in honor of pioneering molecular biologist Maxine Frank Singer '52, H'78, it is one of only a few science buildings on American college campuses named after a woman. Her trailblazing spirit imbues the building's flexible classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories, and common areas — all reflecting Swarthmore's commitment to sustainability and creative collaboration. View the Singer Hall brochure [PDF].
“There is so much potential for interaction...by putting engineering into a building with other types of science."
–Kathy Siwicki, Howard A. Schneiderman Professor Emerita of Biology
Lang Music Building
Having had no significant renovation since it opened in 1973, Lang Music Building requires substantial upgrades and repairs to meet the needs of all of the performances, rehearsals, classes, and lessons that take place there. The building’s original heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system have reached the end of their useful lives. Practice and rehearsal space is limited, which is especially challenging for large groups. The exterior concrete steps are crumbling, and there are accessibility issues throughout the building. The Holtkamp Organ, located on the concert stage, has been unusable for years. Through June 30, all gifts to Lang Music will be matched by the Eugene M. Lang Fund for the Future.
“I firmly believe in giving back to the community, and I've always felt that music is a perfect medium to do so because music drives harmony and connection.”
–Mia Shoquist ’21