Middlebury's influence for positive change begins with each individual student and ripples around the world. See the impact of gifts to Middlebury through the stories of our students, faculty, alumni, donors, and friends.

Applying the Liberal Arts

Luke Elder ’13 and Max Hoffman ’14.5, both conservation biology majors, share a tendency to bubble over with good cheer, even—perhaps especially—when covered with dirt after a hard day’s work. Each has a different take on their 11 weeks with The Nature Conservancy, and on the occasional assignment with BiodiversityWorks, another conservation organization on Martha’s Vineyard. However, they concur on the fact that it’s hard to express all that they gained from the internship.

Financial Aid               

When Barbara Ofosu-Somuah '13 first arrived at Middlebury as a member of Posse 11, she intended to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. But her journey over the past two years has revealed other ways the human heart can be touched. Through it all, the Posse Program, sustained at the College by Middlebury financial aid, has been a vital source of encouragement.

2010 Watson Scholars

Lois Behrman Watson '51, together with her husband, Harvey, support three scholarships in the Middlebury Language Schools every summer.  Here, our 2010 Watson Scholars reflect on their experience and express their gratitude. Learn more.

Faculty Voices: Noah Graham

Associate Professor Noah Graham helps students see connections, to take abstract knowledge and apply it to how things work every day. Watch Noah's story.

Faculty Voices: John Elder

John Elder, professor of English and environmental studies, explains why great teaching matters and reflects on the difference that a dedicated teacher can make in students' lives. Watch the video.

Preserving Antarctica

Nial Rele '12, an environmental studies major from Mumbai, India, traveled to Antarctica last spring to join students from more than 20 countries at a summit focusing on climate change. Read more.

Bringing Together Scholarship Donors and Recipients

On May 8, scholarship donors and recipients visited with each other over lunch at Atwater Dining Hall.  A highlight of the event was heartfelt remarks delivered by Tormondsen Scholar, Emily "Em" Allison '10, who said that as she clutches her diploma at graduation she'll be thinking of the financial aid support that allowed her a Middlebury education. Read more.

Scholarship Donor and Recipient Event

The inaugural scholarship donor and recipient luncheon on May 8 was  many students first opportunity to meet the donors who generously support their education at Middlebury. Every year, these students express gratitude to their donors in writing, yet this one-on-one interaction for donors and students proved to be a truly memorable occasion, demonstrating the overwhelming impact of financial aid on campus. For all of the students involved, meeting their sponsors was be an honor. For the donors involved, they saw in person-many for the first time-their support come to life through the impassioned students sitting next to them, to whom they give the gift of a Middlebury education.

Learning to Listen

A scholarship opened a world of storytelling for Aylie Baker ’09. Now a Watson Scholar, Aylie is collecting the stories of islanders around the world. Read more.

Life's Lessons

Harrison Bane ’09 overcame bone cancer and repeated surgeries to become a talented athlete in baseball, basketball, and golf. Read more.

Fellowships for Peace

Kathryn Wasserman Davis says it is time to get serious about preparing for peace instead of preparing for war. Some 300 students have studied languages at Middlebury or the Monterey Institute of International Studies with assistance from the fellowship that she created. Read more.

You Can Go Home Again

A summer internship funded by the Louis J. Kutzner ’51 Internship Fund enabled Zaheena Rasheed ’11 to return home to the Maldives last summer. She worked for President Mohamed Nasheed on initiatives to combat climate change. Read more.

The Incredible Journey

Shabana Basij-Rasikh ’11 overcame great odds to get an education as a girl in Afghanistan. Her goal is to return home and help her homeland. Listen to her story.

Striking a Balance

Skyler Hopkins ’09 came to Middlebury has been playing lacrosse since age 6. It means a lot to him, but not everything. He chose Middlebury because "the coaches genuinely cared about my striking a healthy balance in all aspects of my life." Read more.

Making Sports a Metaphor for Life

Middlebury women's lacrosse coach Missy Foote is a mentor for her athletes while they are at Middlebury and a friend and role model for the rest of their lives.

The Annual Fund

Vice President of the Middlebury College Alumni Association Robert ‘Bobo’ Sideli ’77, P’08, ’13 explains why participation matters. According to Bobo, every gift to Middlebury, no matter how small, adds up to change students lives for the better—more than you might think possible!

Financial Aid

When Barbara Ofosu-Somuah '13 first arrived at Middlebury as a member of Posse 11, she intended to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. But her journey over the past two years has revealed other ways the human heart can be touched. Through it all, the Posse Program, sustained at the College by Middlebury financial aid, has been a vital source of encouragement.

 

Faculty Support


Associate Professor of History Febe Armanios opens up about how she seeks both to teach and learn from her students. Watch the audio slideshow to learn more about how Febe attempts to create a dialogue of ideas and to foster “an empathy to the world” through her lectures on the cultural and political development of the Middle East.