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AAAC Pioneers Fund

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Be part of the Pioneer's Club Challenge - For every Black or African American alumni donor, Annalai '03 and Ricardo '93 Rivers and an anonymous AAAC donor will contribute $100 to the Pioneer's Club and The Black Student Union, up to $6,000.

THE PIONEERS CLUB

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the first black student’s admission to Franklin & Marshall, the African American Alumni Council (AAAC) invites you to join the Pioneers Club. Celebrating the legacy of these pioneering African American students through ongoing

philanthropic investment in F&M’s community of color, the club provides means and inspiration for those who aspire to their courage and success.

THE PIONEERS FUND

Pioneers Club members join with their contributions to the Pioneers Fund. Launched in 2016, the fund supports F&M institutions and initiatives that positively influence the ongoing presence and experience of students, faculty, administrators and staff of color at the College.

A PROUD HISTORY 

In the fall of 1946, Dr. Sumner Bohee ’50, Franklin & Marshall’s first African American student, began his undergraduate studies at the College. More pioneering black students soon joined him, among them Sydney Bridgett ’51, Grant Means ’51, Dr. Henry Wiggins ’55, and the Rogers brothers, Richard Rogers, Esq., ’57, P’90, Lemuel A. Rogers Jr., M.D., '59 and Peter Rogers ’69. In the decades since, a growing body of African American students has contributed significantly to the College in and out of the classroom and beyond campus; more than 650 African American alumni strengthen our communities, lead industries and defend our nation.


PRIORITIES AND IMPACT 

FINANCIAL AID

Through financial aid, the College will continue to recruit and retain talented students of color—individuals who will sustain the legacy of our pioneers and those they inspired at F&M over the course of 70 years.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LIFELONG SUCCESS

The AAAC and the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development have partnered to provide opportunities—national conferences, graduate school applications, prep course fees and more—for students and alumni from underserved communities.

THE BLACK STUDENT UNION

Since 1978, the Black Student Union (BSU) has served F&M’s community of color and the College at large through cultural, educational and social initiatives. In addition, the organization builds leaders, promotes unity and contributes to student success.

AFRICANA STUDIES

The first F&M academic discipline initiated due to student demand at F&M, Africana Studies also provides a critical examination of factors that have created and shaped the African American and African Diaspora experiences throughout the world.

OTHER PRIORITIES

The AAAC periodically reviews priorities and makes adjustments as appropriate. In addition to the aforementioned areas of support, council members can contribute to the Franklin & Marshall Fund and other areas of the College such as arts, athletics, scholarships and academics via the Pioneers Club.

$100,000
$100,000 Diplomat Stretch Challenge
A group of six alumni put up $100,000 as a challenge to the F&M community! All we have to do is add an additional 500 donors beyond our goal of 1,787 donors by the end of Day of Giving at 3:47 p.m.! That means a combined total of $500,000 is at stake for the F&M community!
500 / 500 Donors
Completed
$50,000
Parents' Challenge
When 300 parents make gifts during Day of Giving, $50,000 will be unlocked for Day of Giving totals.
300 / 300 Donors
Completed
2
Match
Class of 1992 Challenge
Every gift from the Class of 1992 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000
$5,000 MATCHED
Completed
$178,700
Day of Giving Challenge
Every donor making a gift of any amount will unlock an additional $100 for F&M, up to $178,700.
1,787 / 1,787 Donors
Completed
$50,000
Alumnae Challenge
Success! Thank you to all alumnae donors!
500 / 500 Donors
Completed
$5,000
Greek Alumni Challenge
For every 100 Greek alumni who give on Day of Giving, Ken Mehlman '88 will give an additional $5,000, up to $25,000
500 / 500 Donors
Completed
$10,000
GOLD Challenge
Every gift, of any amount, from alumni in the classes of 2011 - 2020 will unlock an additional $50 for F&M, up to $10,000.
200 / 200 Donors
Completed
$15,000
Diplomat Double-Up
Beginning at 7am on April 14, for each of the first 150 donors for day of giving $100 will be unlocked.
150 / 150 Donors
Completed
$6,000
Pioneer's Club Challenge
Success! Thank you to all Pioneers Club donors!
60 / 60 Donors
Completed
$25,000
Alumni Couples Challenge
Success! Thank you to all alumni couple donors!
125 / 125 Donors
Completed
$5,000
The Lerner Challenge
Success! Thank you to all French & Italian studies and POSSE alumni donors!
100 / 100 Donors
Completed
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