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Priority: Scholarships

Colorado College aims to raise $100 million for student financial aid, including $90 million for endowed scholarship support and $10 million for expendable funds for scholarships. When raised, these funds will enable the college to provide 180 new scholarships as well as support internships, networking opportunities, and career preparation.

For many students from lower- and middle-income families, a CC education is financially inaccessible. By creating 180 new scholarships, Colorado College will move one third of the way toward becoming a need-blind institution, one that doesn't consider an applicant's financial situation in admission decisions. As of September 30, 2020, $82.6 million has been raised for scholarships and the CC experience.

William S. Smith '74 has established The Will Smith '74 Scholarship Challenge with a $5 million pledge to boost gifts to endowed scholarships. The challenge will provide a $50,000 match for 100 gifts of $50,000 or more. Smith wants to inspire others to join him in supporting Colorado College students, particularly those with financial need.

Learn more about the Will Smith '74 Scholarship Challenge by contacting Meghan Yingling at or (443) 465-9635.

Last updated: 12/17/2020
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