Bro with Tommaso Montagni '17. Nari Roka '17.Inspiration and Encouragement

For the past 14 years, a noontime visit to Roberts Dining hall often included a glimpse of Bro Adams at the lunch table engaged in one of his preferred Colby activities—finding inspiration and encouragement in students. Students have always been central to Bro’s plans for Colby. Financial aid growth has been a pillar of his presidency, and that’s why he’s being honored with a gift that will see future generations of students enjoy a Colby education.

A Fitting Tribute

Given Bro’s steady focus on increasing access to a Colby education, the Board of Trustees recently announced the establishment of the William D. Adams Scholarship Fund in his honor. The fund will provide support for one student in each class at Colby—it will be a lasting testament to Bro’s commitment to financial aid and the value of a Colby education.

Growing the Endowment

Since Bro came to Colby in 2000, restricted endowment for financial aid has grown 160 percent and now totals approximately $231 million. In that same period of time, Colby has added more than 150 endowed scholarships, for a grand total of 693 at the start of this academic year. This gift in Bro’s name cements and extends that record of progress.

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At Colby Bro led an ambitious $376-million capital campaign and oversaw growth in programs including environmental studies and the visual arts. Bro announced in January 2013 that he would retire in June 2014. In April 2014 President Obama nominated him to head the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Gift Opportunities

Members of the Colby community are invited to contribute to the William D. Adams Scholarship Fund by using our convenient online form. A gift of any amount, made in addition to your annual Colby Fund gift, will increase the fund’s financial aid power. If you haven’t given to the Colby Fund since July 1, 2013, you can make both gifts with the same online form.