Goal: $215 Million

A strong financial aid program ensures that promising students from all backgrounds—cultural, philosophical, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic—can bring their perspectives and experiences to the Middlebury community. Living and learning in an environment like this can elevate students’ thinking, deepen their understanding, and widen their lens on the world. By increasing financial aid resources, we’ll also create a more equitable experience once they’re here, ensuring that every student can take advantage of all that Middlebury has to offer.

Voices of Access

Gifts open doors to extraordinary student experiences.

Zoe Ellis:
When I got to Middlebury, I saw International Global Studies and I never went back. I was able to kind of pair all of my interests together and explore things that I’d never even knew I was interested in. It’s really been an opportunity for me to innovate and create my own education in a way that I didn’t think was possible. My name is Zoe Ellis and I’m from Chicago, Illinois.

Jordan Saint-Louis:
So I took a film class in African American cinema with Professor Ngaiza. The way she talked about how filmmakers have a certain amount of power to control narratives and storytell and immediately made me feel like, “Hey, that’s exactly what I want to do for the world.” My name is Jordan Saint-Louis. I call home Potomac, Maryland, and I’m a film major.

Stacey Grimaldo-Garcia:
I came to Middlebury thinking I was going to do biology or chemistry since I knew that I wanted to be premed. My first-year seminar, I took Brain at College with Professor Dash, and to this day, I don’t think I’ve ever learned as much as I did in that class. It really set off, I want to say, passion for learning about the brain. After that, I decided that I wanted to pursue neuroscience. It’s like the best of both of my interests. My name is Stacey Grimaldo-Garcia, and my home is Greenville, Michigan.

Youness Cheboubi:
I came to Midd with a fresh slate knowing nothing about liberal art school, what going to a small school would be like. Knowing nothing about the outdoors, knowing nothing about building community in college, and how a small liberal art school is perfect for that. It was a thorough surprise and I’m really happy I’m here now. I’m a psychology major studying Arabic. My name is Youness Cheboubi and home is Bayonne, New Jersey.

Stacey Grimaldo-Garcia:
Students that go here are from all over the U.S. and even international students. I think that really diversifies just the stories that they have to tell.

Youness Cheboubi:
I’ve met some lively people, energetic, enthusiastic, love what they do.

Jordan Saint-Louis:
I think it’s really, it’s the community and it’s like the alumni, and it’s how they, 30 years later, still care about what an 18-year-old wants to do over the summer.

Zoe Ellis:
During my internship, I reached out to a Middlebury alumni. They sent me the emails of all the other Middlebury alumni in that kind of group that they had formed and found a Middlebury home outside of the college.

Youness Cheboubi:
Coming here and just being put in this quiet corner of the world, where it feels like you have your own bubble to just grow in and develop in. Meeting people I would’ve never crossed paths with otherwise. Realizing that and having my perspective shift, it makes Midd the way it is.

Jordan Saint-Louis:
I think what Middlebury does really well is that they’ll open the door, they’ll tell you who’s on the other side, and they’ll tell you exactly what could happen if you walk through that door, and then it’s really up to you to decide if you want it or not.

An endowed scholarship set a life course for Riley Dickie ’16.

Riley Dickie:

Riley Dickie, Class of 2016. I was an economics major, political science minor at Middlebury. I call Nova Scotia home, specifically Wolfville, but now Burlington, Vermont. I graduated 2016 in May, and a week later, I drove up Route 7 to Burlington, started a job and haven’t left and probably never will.

I was the recipient of the Edward L. Bond Class of 1962 Financial Aid Scholarship, and, being direct, it was the sole reason that I was able to afford to go to Middlebury.

Middlebury became just such a huge part of my foundation and my being, and none of it is possible if Whit and his family don’t have it in their heart to take a chance on someone like me.

I promised myself, and I still do that, I would never let it be taken for granted.

One thing that I’ve learned from Whit and Faith and their generosity for this scholarship is, as credentialed as one person is, as well as somebody’s done, you’re not able to move forward walking alone. I’m building up a life and a career post-Middlebury thanks to the Bond Scholarship and to Witt and Faith, and hopefully, I get to a point in my life where you have similar resources, time and energy to also give back so a future Riley Dickies can also have resources and take advantage of a place like Middlebury College.

Funding Priorities

  • Increase financial-aid resources to support domestic and international students at the College and bring the most promising students to Middlebury, regardless of their financial circumstances.
  • Build support for financial aid at the Language Schools, Bread Loaf School of English, and the Middlebury Institute, enhancing access to graduate programs.
  • Provide financial support, beyond tuition and fees, so every student has essentials like laptops, books, and winter clothes; can participate in experiences like internships and academic conferences; and is able to enjoy a full range of extracurriculars, such as winter sports and other outdoor activities, that would otherwise be out of reach.

Your Impact

  • Noah Lee ’26

    Fielding Opportunities

    At Middlebury, Noah Lee ’26 has found an ideal environment where he can explore the liberal arts and sciences, play football, and pursue his dreams of becoming a physician.

  • Liz Crawford ‘25 playing ultimate disc for the Middlebury Pranksters

    Positive Energy

    Liz Crawford ’25 is studying psychology to learn how to empower others, while also competing as a member of the three-time national champion women’s Ultimate team.

  • Mariia Dzholos ’24

    A Catalyst for Change

    Ukrainian Mariia Dzholos ’24 has designed her path through Middlebury to gain the skills and knowledge she’ll need to help rebuild her war-torn country.

Progress to $215 M Goal

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