The extraordinary generosity of the Colby community brings arts to downtown Waterville, enables high-level biomedical research, creates new opportunities in fine arts and civic engagement, and makes a Colby education more affordable for middle-income families.
Add the Paul J. Schupf Art Center to the transformative changes coming to downtown Waterville.
In April, Schupf, LL.D. ’06 made another remarkable gift to the College, this time to support construction of the downtown arts center, which will move the city closer to becoming a destination for the arts. “Colby’s unique culture and innovative spirit are making a lasting impact on Waterville, bringing new sources of economic growth to the region,” he said.
The preliminary design includes a contemporary gallery of the Colby College Museum of Art on the ground level; three screening rooms to bring the Maine Film Center, Railroad Square Cinema, and the Maine International Film Festival to downtown; Common Street Arts gallery; and multidisciplinary educational spaces.
Biomedical Opportunities Expanded
The path from Mayflower Hill to the nation’s top biomedical laboratories just got wider.
With a $5-million commitment from Trustee David Pulver ’63, P’93 and his wife, Carol P’93, the College established the Pulver Science Scholars Program to provide selected students with experiences to prepare them to be scientific leaders and innovators.
Working in tandem with the recently launched Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation, the Pulver Science Scholars Program will fund and facilitate high-level student research with Colby faculty and at places like The Jackson Laboratory, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, among others.
The new opportunity for Colby student scientists comes at a time when competition for federal grant funding has never been greater. For the first time in the post-World War II era, the federal government no longer funds the majority of the basic research done in the U.S. Federal funding dipped to just 44 percent of the research dollars awarded in 2015, down from more than 70 percent in the 1960s and ’70s. By training the most talented science students, the Pulver Science Scholars Program will have a positive impact on potential life-saving discoveries and cures that could otherwise be delayed.
These initiatives are open to all, supporting students in their research ambitions regardless of their financial means.
A FAIR SHOT
Colby’s FAIR SHOT FUND, announced in November, eases the challenges of the “middle-class squeeze” and makes a Colby education more affordable for middle-income families. Beginning with the Class of 2023, the fund will enable the most talented students to access Colby’s world-class education by capping the parent/guardian yearly contribution at $15,000 for families making up to $150,000 (with assets typical of that income level).
The Fair Shot Fund is just one part of the Colby Commitment. Also consider: a family with an income of $60,000 or less, with typical assets, will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0.
Said President David A. Greene:
“When Colby is the right educational choice for a student from a middle-income family, it will also be among the most affordable choices.”
New Opportunities in Fine Arts, Politics
Thanks to the generosity of alumni donors, Colby is further expanding its mission of universal experiences for all students. A $1-million gift will help ensure that students with limited financial resources will be able to explore the worlds of fine arts and museums, and politics and civic engagement.
“This is a wonderfully generous gift that will have an immediate and positive impact,” said President David A. Greene.
The donors, who have chosen to remain anonymous, want to support diversity in the fields of politics and fine arts and to bolster Colby’s ongoing efforts to ensure all students have exceptional opportunities, especially those outside the classroom. This gift will help underwrite the cost of student experiences, including internships and research opportunities, which these donors know are often a pivotal step that builds on academic experience and leads to important and impactful careers. Funds will be available for student experiences beginning this summer.
Said Vice President and Dean of Student Advancement C. Andrew McGadney, who oversees DavisConnects, “Ultimately, gifts in support of universal experiences leverage the power of a liberal arts education and propel our students to even greater post-graduate success.”
Programs at Colby that support innovation in the biosciences received a major boost with a gift to create the Linde Packman Lab in Biosciences Innovation.
Initiatives funded by Karen Linde Packman ’88, P’21 and Jeff Packman ’88, P’21 will create a pipeline for the most ambitious students from all backgrounds to pursue College-funded research, internships, and global opportunities in preparation for careers in fields such as biotechnology, biomedicine, biochemistry, ocean sciences, genomics, and bioinformatics.
The gift includes permanent funding for the ongoing Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS), which offers a jumpstart for students, affording six weeks with faculty on campus prior to their first year preparing for the rigors of the natural sciences at Colby, and the Champlin Scholars Program to support their January or summer research and internship experiences.
Colby will continue to expand its network of companies innovating in the biosciences beyond its established partnerships with leading research institutions such as The Jackson Laboratory, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.