Campaign priorities - Students

Increase access for the most talented and deserving students

StudentsA major increase in funding for financial aid is essential if Fletcher is to continue to fulfill its mission to serve local, national, and international communities in their search to develop relationships of mutual benefit, security, and justice in an increasingly interdependent world. Fletcher must continue to attract and enroll students of the highest potential, regardless of their ability to pay, including international students from developing countries and U.S. students of color.

Last year, Fletcher was able to award an average scholarship of $11,000. With annual tuition and living expenses totaling roughly $50,000, Fletcher remains beyond reach for too many admitted students. At present, Fletcher students graduate from our two-year master's program with an average debt burden of about $55,000, not including any debt from their undergraduate or other graduate studies. This fact, we fear, influences our students' career decisions. The need to increase financial aid for our students is our greatest strategic challenge and priority.

Our students' contributions to issues of global importance will grow substantially if we are able to support more fully their participation in internships, field research, and conferences. Each year, Fletcher students secure internships around the globe, often placing them in the most challenging circumstances, where support is critically needed yet where few are willing to venture. Most students combine theory with practice through field work for their master's thesis. And students regularly are invited to participate — and often to present — at professional conferences. In all three areas, the school is able to fund only a fraction of worthy requests.

Giving opportunities

  • Support The Fletcher Fund, our annual campaign that benefits every student
  • Add to an existing named endowed (perpetual) scholarship fund
  • Create a named term "Alumni Scholar Fund" ( minimum gift of $25,000 per year for two years)
  • Create a named endowed scholarship, research, or internship fund for residential students—MA, MALD, MIB, LLM, and PhD— or Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) students (minimum gift of $100,000)

    Donors will receive annual impact and stewardship reports ensuring that all gifts are being used wisely and in accordance with their wishes.

Progress

100 million

As of 6/30/11

Testimonials

Jay Dearborn

"Fletcher was my only choice for a foreign policy degree due to the unique flexibility of the curriculum that now allows me to discover varying disciplines taught by titans in their respective fields."
—Jay Dearborn, MALD, 2007