Camille was drawn to Hamilton for its open curriculum. The Seattle native wanted to be surrounded by fellow students who are passionate about learning, and, specifically, to attend a liberal arts college where she could develop close relationships with her professors. When she discovered Hamilton and traveled across the country to visit, Camille immediately knew it was where she had to be. A biology major with a minor in Hispanic studies, she appreciates that Hamilton encourages students to study different topics, creating future professionals who are prepared not only for their career path, but also knowledgeable in a variety of subjects.
Outside of class, Camille volunteers as a SAT tutor for disadvantaged high school students through the organization Let’s Get Ready. Because she values the process of learning and acquiring new skills, Camille finds tutoring extremely rewarding. “Helping someone else learn is invaluable,” she says, “you have the opportunity to share in their joy of understanding.”
After Hamilton, Camille plans to apply to medical school. Through Hamilton’s liberal arts education, she is learning how to be well-versed in a variety of subjects and becoming a “better self-advocate, making the choices I need in order to prepare for my future.”
For Camille, the dedication of the professors, the beauty of the environment and the attitude of the students are key indicators of donor impact.
The 1812 Leadership Circle recognizes Hamilton’s most generous supporters whose contributions form a living endowment that goes directly to the heart of a Hamilton education. Unrestricted gifts provide a significant source of financial aid. Gifts of $25,000 and more constitute roughly the equivalent of the average Hamilton financial aid package. In honor of donors at that level, Hamilton names an 1812 Leadership Circle Scholar.