Amherst will continue to bring together faculty dedicated to the highest standards of intellectual inquiry and instruction and the most promising students, whatever their financial need. Sustaining this ambition will require additional endowment for financial aid and faculty support.
The humanities and humanistic social sciences will remain central to an Amherst education, continuing the longstanding emphasis on analytical rigor, close reading, accomplished writing and artistic expression.
Close colloquy between faculty and students is one of Amherst’s hallmarks. To ensure that it will continue, we need to replace the legendary teachers now retiring with equally talented and promising teacher-scholars. Endowed professorships are a substantial and meaningful way to sustain Amherst’s faculty excellence for future generations of students.
A diversity of talent has enriched the dynamism and creativity of the College. Financial aid is our response to the urgent need nationwide to identify promise wherever it exists—knowing that it exists everywhere—and to develop it through rigorous liberal arts education.
The Amherst Fund Scholars program advances the College’s commitment to make an Amherst education possible to students of promise by providing direct scholarship support through the Amherst Fund. At the same time, support for this program increases the Amherst Fund’s dollars raised and participation rate, key measures of institutional health.