Hartwick College Receives Emerson Foundation Challenge Grant

February 20, 2014

The Board of Directors of the Fred L. Emerson Foundation of Auburn, NY, has authorized a challenge grant of $250,000 to Hartwick College. To receive the funds, Hartwick must meet a 1:1 challenge by raising an additional $250,000 to match the grant.

The funding will grow Hartwick College's Emerson International Internship Scholarship endowment, which provides financial support for students to perform internships abroad, often as part of Hartwick's noted January Term program.

This grant will support one of the priority goals in The Campaign for Hartwick Students, which was publicly announced in May of 2013. The Campaign's objectives include increasing access to the College and providing enhanced experiential learning opportunities. Endowment for scholarships and J Term study are the top fundraising goals.

This grant builds on the existing Emerson International Internship Scholarship endowment at Hartwick College, which was established through a grant in 1995. More than 100 Hartwick students have gained international professional experience through Emerson International Internship Scholarships to date.

The Emerson Foundation is a fourth-generation family philanthropy based in Auburn, NY.  Founded in 1932 by the late Fred L. Emerson, president of the Dunn & McCarthy shoe company, the foundation continues to be a vigilant investor in selected organizations where it can make a critical and significant difference.  The foundation has provided support to Hartwick College for various projects since 1981.    

For further information on The Campaign for Hartwick Students, please contact Executive Director of Individual Giving Eric Shoen '99 at 607-431-4432 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031