Hundreds of Hamilton alumni, parents, and friends have generously endowed funds that support our students, honor our faculty, establish new programs, and enhance the beauty of our campus. In so doing, they have established legacies that enrich Hamilton and honor their affection for the College.

Hamilton’s endowment consists of different types of funds. Each requires a minimum investment to ensure appropriate spending is available for the donor’s intended purpose.

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Student Scholarships

Endowed scholarships ensure that financial aid will be available to future generations of deserving students.

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Experiential Learning

Endowed funds support student research, internships, and other vital learning opportunities.

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Lectures, Library, Special Purpose

Endowed funds support special programs and foundational purposes.

Fund Minimums

Fund Type Needed to Endow
Full-Tuition Scholarship
More than half of Hamilton’s students receive financial aid. Generously and thoughtfully, a full-tuition scholarship would cover the cost of tuition for one student.
$1.3 million
Named Scholarship with Preferences
In addition to being need-based, these scholarships include specific preferences, e.g., course of study. Established award criteria must meet legal statutes and College policy.
General Scholarship
General scholarships are awarded solely based on a student's demonstrated financial need.
Distinguished Professorship
Provides support and recognition for Hamilton's most distinguished full professors.
$3 million
Early Career Professorship
Provides support for young faculty members (1-7 years) on a tenure-track.
$2 million
Distinguished Visiting Professorship
Provides support for scholars-in-residence to supplement the expertise of Hamilton's faculty.
$1.5 million
Faculty/Student Research Collaboration
Provides support for research in any discipline, including collaborative study with Hamilton professors and students.



Career Exploration/Internships
Provides support for students’ career-related internships, either unpaid or minimally paid, usually during the summer months.
Provides resources to bring exceptional speakers, in a variety of disciplines from around the country and the world, to College Hill.
Funds may be established to purchase library materials or to support other library activities, including maintaining special collections and archives.
Special Purpose
These funds provide a source of revenue to the College for a specific purpose, e.g., building restoration, art purchase or preservation, programmatic support, etc.

When creating a new fund, Hamilton’s development staff members work closely with donors to ensure that both the donor’s intent and the College’s long-term needs are met. The capital necessary to establish an endowed fund at Hamilton may be provided through:

  • outright contributions of cash,
  • appreciated securities,
  • real property,
  • closely held stock,
  • personal property, such as important works of art, rare books, manuscripts, or antiques.

Gifts to attain a specified fund minimum may be completed immediately or over time (up to five years), as well as through an estate plan.

For more information, please contact Leslie Moseley Rioux '87, director of donor relations, 315-859-4593, lrioux@hamilton.edu.

Contact Information

Leslie Moseley Rioux '87

Director of Donor Relations
315-859-4593 lrioux@hamilton.edu
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