Who does my gift impact?
Gifts from alumni and friends like you make dreams a reality. The Carthage Fund supports financial aid, undergraduate research, student organizations, athletics, and the Carthage experience. Gifts of all sizes impact Carthage students.
Victoria Hites ’17
Major: Spanish (Specialization in Linguistics)
“I studied a full year in Spain because of Professor Edward Montanaro’s dedicated support and guidance. My experience developed my Spanish speaking and broadened my horizons, giving me cultural competence. Being abroad for a year isn’t a trip or vacation — it’s real life. You have good days, bad days, and ‘normal’ days. After graduation, I plan to work in Spain as an English teacher, after which I hope to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in linguistics. Carthage made all of this possible by supporting my study abroad temporarily until I could fulfill my financial commitments. My scholarship made my study abroad experience possible.”
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Tyrani White ’21
“My Carthage experience has been long and hard, but very rewarding. I have learned a multitude of things, such as how to use my voice against injustice as well as a host of things regarding professionalism. My two favorite professors, Professors Bradley Zopf and Katherine Hilson, have shown me what it’s like for hard work to pay off and have helped me grow throughout my Carthage College experience both in getting more comfortable with using my voice for change as well as facing the most challenging tasks with a sense of ease.
“In my time at Carthage, I have also been heavily immersed in the athletics program. To me, Carthage Athletics has meant dedication. The track and field team has taught me to be a dedicated and hardworking individual in every way, but the lessons did not stop there. My coaches taught me to be satisfied but never complacent, to get better but never settle if more can be done. This is true not only through my sports but within my academics as well. My favorite quote below embodies my attitude toward college athletics. Winning the race and jumping far in practice when no one is watching prepares me for the competition ahead. Success comes from the hard work that others don’t often see.”
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” — Muhammad Ali
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Biology professor Paul Martino
Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient
“Carthage is a great place to be. I come here every day, and I love what I do. I was attracted to the close-knit community at Carthage and knowing that everyone is here for the right reasons. Interestingly, one of my favorite courses to teach at Carthage is one that I don’t officially teach. I have attended the Nicaragua J-Term study tour every few years, and the transformation I get to see in students is so amazing over the two-week period. It’s not for the reasons most people would think. It’s not purely academic. It’s the transformation of the way they see the world and the way they see themselves.”
“I feel that I am doing the world good just by being here and teaching students what they can do. I love creating relationships and getting to know students and faculty personally. I try to help my students improve as academics and as citizens of the world, by teaching my classes from the perspective of the discipline — but also by teaching these students why they should care about the class as a person, and not merely as a scientist. Carthage is unique and allows us to develop students in many more ways than you can imagine.”
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Chelsea Niemuth ’18
“My involvement with Enactus, the entrepreneurship club on campus, has led to amazing opportunities. Through Enactus, we complete several projects that benefit the local Kenosha community as well as internationally. I have also had the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions, where we presented our entrepreneurial projects. Enactus has helped me develop my leadership skills as well as gain an entrepreneurial mindset.”
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Jawaune Johnson ’19
“The liberal arts experience has allowed me to take courses outside my major, and being at Carthage has made me more confident. One of my favorite courses was an African American Studies class I took with English professor Maria Carrig. Although it did not relate directly to my major, the class gave me an opportunity to write about what I was interested in. It also gave me the confidence to write for The Current, which I have really enjoyed doing. The professors at Carthage have helped me understand where I want to go professionally. They have given me the confidence to do what I want to do in graphic design.”
“I also value the diversity at Carthage. The Carthage community is interconnected. As a person of color, I feel it is important to see other people of color on campus doing their thing. Seeing this helps me challenge myself to be the best student that I can be. Carthage makes that possible.”