Faculty Support and Academic Innovation

Candle 2: Investing in our scholars and programs

Faculty and staff are the sparks that light the candles of ambition, of possibility, of achievement and service within our students. They eagerly embrace their role as mentors and role models, as well as teacher-scholars.

A stronger endowment will enable Monmouth to continue to attract outstanding faculty and staff who understand that the residential liberal arts experience is focused on the growth of the whole person — and who strive to keep that timeless experience current in a time of rapid change.

Nothing is more critical to our mission than outstanding teaching. Endowed chairs and professorships provide support for salary and related academic expenses, such as research and travel.

Gift opportunities

Named Endowed Chair — $1.5 Million

Named Endowed Professorship — $250,000

Academic innovations

Establishing endowed funds for lectureships, student research and travel, allows Monmouth to offer increased opportunities for student learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Endowed lectureships provide expenses and fees for a visiting lecturer, whose visit might range from one day to two weeks. Endowed student research, travel and departmental venture funds help to provide support for students to attend educational conferences as well as both short-term (two week) and semester-long study-abroad opportunities.

Named Endowed Lectureship — $100,000

Endowed Funds for Study Abroad/Study Away — $100,000

Endowed Funds for Student Leadership and Internships — $50,000

Departmental Venture Funds — $50,000

Unrestricted Endowed Faculty Development Fund — any amount

Primary contacts for gifts

Hannah Maher
Vice President for Development and College Relations
hmaher@monmouthcollege.edu
309-457-2231

Gena Alcorn ’88, CFRE
Assistant Vice President of Development & Legacy Giving
galcorn@monmouthcollege.edu
309-457-2427

Giving News

  • ‘Light This Candle Campaign’ Smashes Its $75 Million Goal, Raises Record $80.1 Million

    Successes include more student scholarships, support for faculty innovation, enhancements to living-learning environment and twice as many deferred commitments to the College.
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  • Monmouth Receives Gift of Farmland Worth Nearly $12 Million

    Second largest donation in College history from longtime supporter Marilyn Johnston ’48, a former resident of nearby Aledo. 

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  • Light This Candle meets, exceeds goal

    More than eight months ahead of its Dec. 31, 2022, conclusion, the College passed the $75 million goal of its Light This Candle Campaign, which was launched in March 2019. With just a few days now left in the campaign, its total has soared to $79 million. President Clarence Wyatt called the campaign’s success “an extraordinary achievement and worthy of celebration.” ... The College also had another successful Scots Day of Giving on April 6 (pictured), with more than 800 donors from all 50 states combining to contribute more than $232,000 to support students and student programming.

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