Financial Aid Challenge

Bates’ commitment to affordability and accessibility demonstrates the ethical vision that inspired the college’s founders: an education that is open to all will ensure that future leaders and problem-solvers emerge from every walk of life.

Offering highly competitive financial aid allows us to draw talent from wherever we find it — from all corners of the United States, from around the world, and from every socioeconomic quarter.

With your help — with your generosity — we elevate the very core of who we are as a college.

The Challenge:
In May 2017, Bates is launching a special financial aid challenge to stimulate new gifts to endowed financial aid. With the support of generous donors, the college seeks to raise at least $5 million in new gifts over the next 24 months.

  • The challenge will offer a dollar-for-dollar match to all new pledges between $50,000–$250,000 made to endowed financial aid.
  • Donors are strongly encouraged to include an increased Bates Fund commitment in their giving plans for the corresponding number of years.
  • Matching funds will be added to a donor’s gift to create a new named fund, or to continue building an existing fund.

Leveraging the power of matching funds, this challenge offers donors the opportunity to double their impact on the college, and students, in perpetuity through their endowment gift, while sustaining critical, annual support through the Bates Fund.


“We focused our Campaign giving on financial aid to help make sure that the opportunity to attend Bates is available to talented students regardless of their families’ financial circumstances.” — Mount David Society Co-Chair Pamela Batchelder Johnson ’91 and her husband, Robert, have given $50,000 to Bates to establish a new endowed fund in support of financial aid.