At Grinnell, "need-blind" doesn't mean we're blind to need.
Grinnellians know that not every passionate, academically capable student can afford the cost of the first-class liberal arts education we offer. That's why last year alone the College provided $41 million in scholarship and grant aid. And why our College is a national leader in providing an accessible education. Because being "need-blind" in our admissions doesn't mean we're oblivious to families' needs. Quite the contrary.
Today, it's your College that needs your help. Grinnell has traditionally relied on its endowment to generate most of our student aid dollars. But what happens when the economy slows? Families' need goes up but the endowment doesn't keep pace. The College experiences a widening "need gap" of its own. Our collective ability to support future students is at risk.
We're counting on you—Grinnellians of all ages, backgrounds and income levels—to recognize the problem. This fall we're opening a community-wide conversation about the College's finances. You'll have the chance to evaluate changes that could increase our long-term revenues and sustain Grinnell's values.
But nothing will make an impact faster than your philanthropy: when you make a gift of any size for Grinnell scholarships or academic programs, your dollars go straight to helping engaged students from all backgrounds access a great Grinnell education.
Grinnellians recognize real need when they see it. Will you help?