Colby College has received a $1-million bequest gift from Carol Fisher ’57 to establish the Carol A. Fisher Scholarship Fund. The unrestricted gift to financial aid will expand access to Colby for more students.
Nancy Greer Weiland ’65, P’93, GP’24 and Andrew ’64, P’93, GP’24 have endowed the Weiland Welcome Grant, which will award $1,250 in addition to financial aid for expenses associated with necessary school items to first-year students, starting with the Class of 2026 whose families earn $65,000 or less per year with typical assets and are eligible for $0 parent or guardian contribution.
Colby College has become the new steward of Allen Island and Benner Island, two historic islands off the coast of Maine where renowned American artist Andrew Wyeth painted some of his greatest works—inspired and influenced by the landscape and architecture that were curated by his wife, Betsy Wyeth.
To continue to make a lasting difference in the College’s future, Colby is pleased to announce the Leave Your Mark Legacy Challenge. As part of the challenge, anonymous donors have pledged a generous $1 million gift in support of financial aid. Individuals who will be 60 or older by June 30, 2023 and document a new planned gift for Colby will have 10 percent of their gift’s value matched with an immediate, outright gift to support financial aid.
Just over four years into its $750-million Dare Northward campaign—the largest campaign in liberal arts college history—Colby College has surpassed $650 million with contributions from more than 24,700 alumni, family members, and friends. The campaign is already making a substantial impact on the student, faculty, and staff experiences at Colby.
Colby has received a $2-million gift in support of the Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, on track to be the most advanced and innovative arts facility in the region. The anonymous gift will name two key backstage spaces: the costume shop and the dressing rooms. The gift was made possible through the generosity of a loyal Colby alumna and longtime resident of Waterville.
Colby will establish the Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship to provide distinctive opportunities and experiences for understanding and applying the principles of entrepreneurship. The new lab, which will create a unique and leading entrepreneurship program among liberal arts colleges, is the result of a generous gift from Trustee Emeritus Todd Halloran '84.
Colby has become the inaugural college in the Haynesville Project, a first-of-its-kind pilot program that provides financial support for newly tenured faculty. Developed by Tom P'10 and Cathy Tinsley P'10, the core of the initiative is a generous $2-million gift to Colby that will provide direct funding to talented faculty who are at pivotal points in their careers. The project is named after Tom Tinsley’s late father, James A. Tinsley, an exceptional scholar and teacher who grew up in Haynesville, Louisiana.
Colby received a $7-million gift for financial aid that will further enhance the College’s commitment to increase access and affordability to the most talented students from all backgrounds. The generous gift, from the George G. Petrikas Revocable Trust, will establish the George G. Petrikas Financial Aid Fund designed to support high school graduates from Bangor or Waterville who enroll at Colby.
Colby’s one-of-a-kind space for artistic creation, innovation, and community interaction on Main Street was officially named the Greene Block + Studios as part of an opening ceremony in the new building. The name, which was at the request of lead donors Peter H. Lunder ’56, D.F.A. ’98 and Life Trustee Paula Crane Lunder, D.F.A. ’98, recognizes David and Carolyn Greene and their efforts to engage and work with the community.