Carthage determined to make college more affordable with $35M campaign

Last updated on July 7th, 2019 at 02:44 pm

CollegeTuition-256626130-Shutterstock.jpgCarthage College, located in Kenosha, is looking to the public for help in rounding the final stretch of a $35 million fundraising campaign.

The campaign aims to enhance Carthage’s academic, internship and study abroad programs as well as support its endowed scholarships, annual operating fund and new Science Center.

Carthage sits about $10 million away from the bullseye of its campaign goal. Prior to the public phase of the campaign this month, the school ran a silent campaign beginning in January 2013. That arm of the campaign generated $25.2 million.

While Carthage has its sights set on becoming what president Gregory Woodward describes as a “national model for liberal arts education,” the school also must curb its dependence on tuition increases.

Additionally, with help from campaign dollars, Carthage seeks to find new opportunities to enroll students facing significant financial barriers.

“The intense national conversation about the cost of college and its value for students and families places a spotlight on tuition levels,” Jeff Hamar, campaign chairman and first vice chairman of the board of trustees, said in a statement. “As a result, an increased endowment, a stronger annual fund, and invigorated internship programs are required to establish a durable, forward-looking foundation.”

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