Stories of Impact

  • ‘Pay it forward’

    Jes (Norman) Adams ’08 generously funded scholarships for three students to travel to Nicaragua in 2016. She also set up an endowed scholarship so the program builds in the future.

  • ‘It’s important to me’

    Derrick Collins ’05 was inspired by his professors every day. Now he’s determined to give back. “It is important to me to see Carthage and its students be successful.”

  • ‘The best environment’

    Andy Palmen’s son Jack was diagnosed with a serious medical condition two years before enrolling at Carthage. “I truly believe Carthage was the best higher education environment for him,” he says.

  • “I’ve done well for myself. Now it’s time for me to pay it forward the way others made it possible for me to attend Carthage.”

    Jes (Norman) Adams ’08

    Unable to afford a study tour as a student, Jes set up a scholarship program so students with limited financial means could travel during J-Term. “I’m excited about building a lasting memory for a college that provided me with lasting memories.”
    Read Jes’ story
  • “Carthage helped make me the person I am today — so I now feel compelled to help lift up the future generation of Carthaginians.”

    Derrick Collins ’05

    “I always had professors who cared about me,” says Derrick Collins ’05. “I thrived on the personal attention, and I learned the things I needed to be successful in life. … Now, as an alum, I continue to give annually. The amount I give varies based on where I am in life, but I still always manage to make a donation.”
    Read Derrick’s story
  • “Our family has been blessed, in many ways because of Carthage. We support Carthage because it prepares students for the world.”

    Parent Andy Palmen

    “When you look at Carthage and what it does for those in our community, in addition to its tie to our family, I can’t think of a better place to donate to,” says Andy Palmen, father of 2016 graduate Jack Palmen. When Jack crossed the stage to receive his diploma, Andy was there to give it to him. “That was truly a special day I will never forget.”
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    90 percent of Carthage students receive financial aid
    91 percent of faculty hold terminal degree in their field
    40 percent increase in science center square footage
    J-Term Travel
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