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The Class Gift

What is the Class Gift?

Every year the graduating class gives to an endowed scholarship in honor of their class. This type of scholarship is characterized by its longevity for those who contribute to its legacy. It will be awarded to a student reflecting financial need.

How to Give

You can make your gift at any time online or in-person. Be sure to designate your gift to the 2020 Class Gift.


Make a gift online today to help the Class of 2020 reach its fundraising goal by the end of spring semester. 
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If you prefer to make your gift in person, feel free to stop by Institutional Advancement located in Lentz Hall Suite 414, Office 402. You can also make your gift over the phone at 262-551-5747.

Questions? Email Sam Panozzo, director of the Carthage Fund, at

There will be opportunities to make a gift at all of our upcoming events. 

Upcoming Events

  • Grad Gear Up — Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Giving Day — Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Commencement Weekend — Thursday, May 21-Saturday, May 23, 2020

Get to Know the Class of 2020 Gift Committee

Jacob Allard '20

Jacob Allard ’20

Major: Communication
Minor: Public relations

“After finishing my classes in January, I will be going down many routes. For one, I plan on sending in applications for grad school opportunities. Another opportunity that I will look into is applying to the workforce, specifically a job in the public relations world. For now, I will mainly be focused on finishing my senior season of volleyball and looking to make a run deep into the postseason.”

Madeline Anderson '20

Madeline Anderson ’20

Majors: International political economy and political science
Minors: Economics

“After college, I hope to get into a one year Master’s of Science program and later with workforce experience, further my education to get a Master’s of Business Administration degree.”

Kendall Bacon '20

Kendall Bacon ’20
Management & marketing
Public relations

“I have accepted a full-time offer at Jockey International, which will start after graduation. I will be working with their e-commerce team as the associate site merchandiser. This will be a continuation of the internship I have been doing since March.”

Lyndsey Bielinski '20

Lyndsey Bielinski ’20
Spanish and public relations

“I am working with a few of my previous internships and trying to secure a job at one of those locations. Contrary to my marketing major, I am planning on entering the financial services industry and work in investment research. Having interned in Chicago for the past year, I am hoping to gain full-time employment in the Chicagoland area.”

Jack Graham '20

Jack Graham ’20
Major: Management & marketing
Minor: Geospatial science

“I would like to go into Logistics and use GIS to help businesses become more profitable.”

Emma Kopitke '20

Emma Kopitke ’20
Major: Nursing

“After I graduate in May of 2020, I plan to move back to Illinois where I am originally from. I will be taking the NCLEX, my nursing licensure exam, shortly after graduation. Once I have my license, I plan to work in pediatrics. It is my passion to work with children, and I am very excited to begin my career caring for others!” 

Owen Lewer '20

Owen Lewer ’20

Major: Biology
Minor: Spanish

“I am applying to medical schools this June. I will spend the next year volunteering with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps.”

Grant Mahant '20

Grant Mahant ’20 
Major: Chemistry 
Minor: Business administration

“After college, I would love to do some traveling. I would really like to go to Croatia or Morocco for their cultures (and their food). Careerwise, I would like to find the intersection of chemistry and business. Whether this is a sales career or working in supply chain management for a chemical company, finding this intersection would be ideal for me!”


Molly McQueeny '20Molly McQueeny ’20 
Graphic design and marketing

 “After Carthage, I hope to get a full-time job in the visual communications field working as a graphic designer in the Milwaukee area. I want to work in publishing and multiple page layout design projects. I will continue running after track is over, as I will start training for my first marathon!”

McKenna Sanders '20

McKenna Sanders ’20

Major: Communication
Minor: Public relations

“After Carthage, I hope to get a job in the Milwaukee or Chicagoland area. I plan on working for hospital event planning or would love to work in the sports industry with their marketing department.”

Riley Shine '20

Riley Patrick Shine ’20 
Major: Business management

“After Carthage, I plan to enter the workforce. I hope to find a job in the concert industry due to its creative aspects such as lighting and staging. I plan to start working right away for a McDonald’s Franchise in Rockford in the technology department.”

Emily Twyman '20

Emily Twyman ’20 
Public relations
Minor: Communication 

“After graduation, I am hoping to find a career in event planning, non-profit development, or with a public relations firm. I will be moving back home to Louisville, Kentucky. I am looking forward to warmer weather!”

Jaclyn Wilks '20

Jaclyn Wilks ’20

Majors: Political science and criminal justice

“After graduation, I have accepted a full-time offer with S. C. Johnson. I will join the human resources department. I am excited about the possible opportunities to work with the local and global teams!”

Allie Wesel '20

Allie Wesel ’20

Major: Neuroscience
Minors: Biology and chemistry 

“I am on a pre-med track and after graduation, my plan is to take a gap year in order to apply for medical school. I will either be working in a hospital setting as a nursing assistant or doing a year of service. After my gap year, I am hoping to start medical school, which will hopefully be followed by practicing in an underserved community.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $22,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …