The gift to Champlain was announced at the Board of Trustees Dinner honoring retiring President David F. Finney. The gift will be made to the College over the next four years. Incoming President Donald J. Laackman said, "this gift from the Stillers is a wonderful honor for Dave Finney and yet another demonstration of the generosity of the Stiller family to our students and the College."
Champlain's Single Parents Program is one of the College's longest-standing programs, and "it is only one of 11 such programs across the country," said Carol Moran-Brown, "offering single parents a support system covering students academically, financially, and personally."
The Stiller Family Foundation has also made a commitment to provide matching funds to buy computers for single parent students. It has been estimated that a computer, loaded with the software would cost approximately $725. For every donation of $725 by June 30, the Stiller Family Foundation promised to match it to provide an additional computer for this special population of students.
Following the announcement, commitments from those attending the dinner put the program at its goal of providing computers for all the Single Parents Program participants. "This will really help many of our students to be able to work from home and avoid having to pay for childcare to come to campus to complete homework assignments on the College's computers in labs and the library," Moran-Brown said.
Support for the program is far-reaching, which was demonstrated when last fall's Women Supporting Women in Education benefit event raised $236,000 - for need-based scholarship and the "Save the Day" emergency fund - from 150 donors whose gifts were matched by a $100,000 challenge gift by Donna and Remo Pizzagalli.
For more information about the Single Parent Program, visit http://www.champlain.edu/academics/undergraduate-academics/academic-and-career-support/single-parent-program.
Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu