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Areas of Support

At Carthage, donors have the opportunity to support the things that matter most to them. All contributions to Carthage ultimately support its overall mission. Carthage offers many ways for donors to support campus activities, academic programs, faculty, students, and campus stewardship.

Students browse brochures at the 2020 Pre-Health Fair.

The Carthage Fund

Giving to the Carthage Fund is the foundation of support for the College’s mission. Carthage Fund gifts — both unrestricted and specifically designated — support the day-to-day operation of the College, meaning everything from the salaries of professors to financial aid for students. Through the Carthage Fund, the College can flexibly fund new initiatives and needs that will have the greatest near-term impact, raising the quality of educational, cultural, and co-curricular programs significantly.

The Tower Residence Hall

Capital Projects

Investment in the College’s infrastructure is arguably one of the most effective ways of investing in the long-term future of the College. Recent projects include the new Tower Residence Hall, completed in August 2018; the new Science Center, completed in 2015, and the Campbell Student Union, completed in 2011. New construction and renovations are undertaken not just with the next few years in mind, but with an eye on the next century, as well. These are facilities that will withstand the test of time. Their initial price is considerable, but in the long run, they are a tremendous value. Future donors need not worry about replacing what our generation will have left for them.

Faculty and students in a classroom.


The Endowment supports student scholarships and curricular and co-curricular programs in perpetuity. A gift to the endowment helps both current students and those who will be here 50 or 100 years from now, and reflects a commitment to the future success of Carthage. The College makes prudent investments and spends income with restraint, so as to protect the purchasing power of a donor’s fund across time. Donors often designate their estate gifts for the endowment, knowing that resources they have built throughout a lifetime will continue to be governed by a long-term view, becoming a memorial to hard work and discipline.

On Sunday, September 10, freshman African-American athletes participated in a cookout to meet sen...

Wiggan-Kenniebrew Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Wiggan-Kenniebrew Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for multicultural students, with a preference for those who identify as Black, African American, Multiracial, or who demonstrate a commitment to the African American community through membership in a student group that builds community and awareness around African American identity. We seek to raise a total of $75,000 in year one of this scholarship program. All contributions are welcome; a gift of $2,500 would provide half the annual scholarship amount for one student.

Jawaune Johnson '19 poses with a local Senegalese artist

Wiggan-Kenniebrew Experiential Learning Fund

The Wiggan-Kenniebrew Experiential Learning Fund will provide support for multi-cultural students to participate in co-curricular opportunities such as travel abroad (semester-long or J-Term), workshops and conferences, alternative spring break trips to retrace the freedom fighters’ steps in the south, or insight visits to companies that have diversity hiring initiatives. We seek to raise a total of $15,000 for this fund. Contributions of any size are welcome!

Photo of commemorative pavers

Commemorative Pavers

Mark your place in Carthage history by purchasing a commemorative paver on the Carthage campus. Granite walkways lined with commemorative pavers lead to sidewalks that connect the entire campus. Names of alumni and friends of the College are etched in sections of these attractive walkways. Choose between a Personal Paver (4” by 8” with three lines), a Recognition Paver (8” by 8” with five lines or one line and a logo), or a Large Recognition Paver (12” by 12” with seven lines). Note: Parents of seniors receive a discount each year.

The Carthage football team at the 2018 homecoming game.

Booster Club

Since 1895, Carthage has competed in intercollegiate athletics with the same goals in mind: to win athletic contests and championships and to teach the values and leadership skills that are essential in athletic competition and in life after Carthage. Your donation to the Booster Club helps support programs designed to achieve these goals.

More Information

Comprehensive lists of Capital, Endowment, Carthage Fund, and other project designations are readily available. Contact a member of the Office of Institutional Advancement staff for more information.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), 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 $25,000 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 in the Top 5 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 …