A generous gift of $4.5 million to financial aid at Colby College will help ensure broader access to the transformative education Colby offers.

The gift, from Jeff and Marieke Rothschild, bolsters Colby’s strong commitment to access through generous financial aid. The College’s financial aid budget is currently $35 million, and the Colby Commitment, announced last year, ensures that the most-talented students from every background have the chance to graduate without loans to repay.

“It is particularly meaningful to receive such a generous gift from the parents of a recent graduate whose Colby years were so rewarding,” said Colby President David A. Greene. “By supporting financial aid, the Rothschilds have made similar experiences possible to students who otherwise may not have access to a place like Colby. We are grateful for their generosity and commitment to helping put Colby within the reach of the world’s most-deserving students.”

The Rothschilds said they are especially impressed with the initiatives undertaken by Colby in the last two years, including expansions of financial aid, off-campus opportunities, and community engagement.

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.