Campaign Priorities

This is your impact.

The Campaign for Carthage touches every area of campus, but it most significantly impacts the cornerstones of a Carthage education. Raising more than $47 million in 4-1/2 years, the campaign provides academic facilities, strengthens the endowment, and enables the creation of new programs and opportunities for students.

The New Science Center: Creating the Future of Science

$13,849,449 raised

Carthage’s new $43 million Science Center provides the resources and room for growth required of Carthage’s advanced natural science departments, increasing classroom and laboratory space by 40 percent. The new facility offers even greater opportunity for innovative science education and further advances the College’s commitment to exceptional experiences for undergraduates.

  • All students at Carthage take at least one class in the new Science Center. 
  • Students majoring in the natural sciences at Carthage have doubled since 2010, and now total more than 720, more than 25 percent of the student body.
  • The facility was carefully planned, down to the smallest detail, to make the student experience like none other. The Science Center provides a more interactive space where faculty can work with students on research projects and assignments, as well as a state-of-the-art planetarium, a greenhouse, and spaces where students can work together outside of class.
  • New classrooms and laboratories allow faculty and students to switch smoothly from hands-on investigation to discussion and lecture. Faculty can break away from the lecture style of classroom presentation and move toward a teacher-as-facilitator teaching style with state-of-the-art instructional technology.

The Carthage Fund: Seizing Opportunities, Instilling a Culture of Giving

$10,113,075 raised

By investing in the Carthage Fund, we ensure our ability to adapt in a rapidly changing world. Now more than ever, Carthage needs to be nimble and responsive as an institution. To compete successfully on the path we choose, we need to respond to opportunities as well as to threats and challenges. Our ability to do so quickly and flexibly is a source of competitive advantage over other institutions.

The Carthage Fund supports all aspects of student life, both within and outside the classroom. Competitors, financial markets, and influential college ranking organizations view the annual fund as the barometer of health at any college. Growing the Carthage Fund sends a strong signal that Carthage is setting a firm course toward achieving its aspirations and fulfilling its mission.

  • Student retention and graduation rates, along with enrollment, have reached an all-time high while increasing throughout the campaign.
  • Carthage has introduced two new degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in business design and innovation. A new minor in urban education prepares students to teach children in underprivileged and underrepresented communities.
  • Named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students in 2016 and 2017, Carthage has had 16 Fulbright recipients since the start of the campaign in 2013.
  • Emphasis on equity and inclusion, along with the creation of a diversity task force, has yielded Carthage’s most diverse incoming class annually over the past four years.

Scholarship Endowment: Expanding Access for Talented Students

$4,250,713 raised

It is difficult to overstate the value of a college education, and we work proactively to offer that opportunity to as many students as we can. Expanding access to Carthage with increased scholarship and financial aid ensures that talented and promising students from all walks of life will have a chance to learn and thrive, in Kenosha and beyond.

  • In part due to endowed scholarships, total awarded financial aid has increased steadily to $57 million per year. That enables students of all backgrounds to benefit from a Carthage education, regardless of means.
  • More than 760 students per year receive an endowed scholarship, and many would not be able to attend Carthage without their aid packages.
  • Totaling $76 million at the start of the campaign, the College’s endowment now stands at $105 million.

Internships and Experiential Learning: A Bridge to Life after Carthage

$6,731,957 raised

Experiential learning opportunities such as internships, research conducted with a professor, and study abroad provide the bridge between a liberal arts education and a life well lived after graduation.

  • Thanks to $349,000 in grant funding for internships, students with financial need are able to take up unpaid or underpaid internships. Combined with a Carthage education, an internship makes each student a qualified and competitive job candidate.
  • In the Class of 2016, 44 percent of students participated in an internship, and one-third of them were offered a full-time position at the company where they interned.
  • A $15 million contribution from Jan Tarble will transform career preparation at Carthage.


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