College Board of Trustees Chair John Hill and his wife, long-time Sarah Lawrence supporter Marilynn Wood Hill, of Bronxville, took the lead to create a special fund, dubbed the ‘Angel’ Fund, to support students whose families face new financial hardship, jeopardizing their ability to continue their studies at the College. The $500,000 lead gift has generated another $250,000 from other donors to date. The goal is $1 million.
"Because of donors like the Hills, we are able to live up to our mission of providing access and support for a range of students," said College President Karen Lawrence. "Ensuring that our students can continue in these difficult times is a tremendous gift from our Board and supporters."
In making their gift to the College, John and Marilynn Hill noted the contributions of faculty and staff, which include a salary freeze and adjustments to benefits. The College is instituting a number of measures to contain expenses without compromising the integrity of its distinctive approach to education—one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios in the country and one-on-one conferences with teachers, integral to nearly every course for every student.