First Promise Challenge Crosses the Finish Line

By Bowdoin News

Answering the First Promise Challenge, fifty donors generously stepped up with gifts of $100,000, unlocking an additional $5 million dollar match for a total of $10 million raised for financial aid endowment, comprehensive aid, and internships at Bowdoin.

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  • Forty-three of these gifts support a scholarship fund, five an internship fund, and two a comprehensive aid fund.

  • Ten of the fifty were repeat donors, benefiting from a $100,000 match in October 2021 and again in 2024.

  • Thirty-nine alumni, seven parents, two widows of alumni, and two other friends of the College made gifts.

The original $5 million First Promise Challenge launched in 2021 and resulted in fifty new endowed scholarship funds of $100,000 and fifty matches, a total of more than $10 million in new financial aid endowment. In November 2023, a group of trustees created this second challenge pool of $5 million.

The program, which had initially included financial aid, comprehensive aid, and current-use internships, was expanded to include gifts to new and existing endowed internship funds. 

Funded internships provide a critical form of financial assistance to Bowdoin students. The From Here Campaign has generated $18 million in new endowed funds for internships and increased to 175 the number of internships that Bowdoin can fund on an annual basis. The overall campaign total is more than $536,080,000 as of press date and will conclude on June 30, 2024.