College Initiatives

College InitiativesDuring its 200-year history, Lycoming College has proudly developed into one of the nation's top liberal arts and sciences institutions. Its longevity can be attributed to a tradition of successfully balancing present considerations with future challenges. To build upon its strong foundation, Lycoming recently initiated a series of undertakings that reflect institutional priorities. These endeavors are shaping the college in ways that will allow it to become even greater.

Trustee Scholarship Match

Underscoring the importance of access to a first-rate education, the Lycoming College Board of Trustees has established the Trustee Scholarship Match Program. The trustees have committed $500,000 in matching funds to encourage alumni and friends to establish or enhance scholarship funds. Through this program, the college furthers its commitment to making a high-quality education possible for bright, motivated students regardless of financial need.

For every $20,000 committed to an existing endowed scholarship, the trustees will match $5,000 to the donor’s scholarship, for a total gift of $25,000. Each new endowed scholarship begins at $50,000. The Trustee Scholarship Match will enable new scholarships to be established with a $40,000 commitment; the match will provide an additional $10,000, for a total of $50,000.

With more than 95 percent of Lycoming students qualifying for financial aid, scholarship support is more important now than ever before. At the same time scholarships are opening new doors in the lives of Lycoming students, they can also recognize someone important in your life. Newly established scholarships can be named in honor or memory of a person or persons of your choice.

For more information about the Trustee Scholarship Match Program, please contact the Office of Development at (570) 321-4036.

Renovation of Residence Halls

Lycoming is devoted to offering a vibrant, residential community where 85 percent of the students live on campus. With that in mind, a multi-year renovation of the college's residential facilities was launched in summer 2013. Leveraging the debt capacity realized as a result of the college's strong endowment, the trustees approved a bond issue that has already made possible a complete interior renovation of Rich Hall. The all-female residence hall now features all new plumbing, heating and electrical systems, drywall and bathroom fixtures.

The next phase of renovations is scheduled for summer 2014 and will focus on Crever Hall. These ongoing improvements not only enhance the residential experience of the current student-body, but they also strengthen the college's capacity to recruit high-achieving students. 

New Science Building

Lycoming has committed to important investments related to campus learning spaces. Construction of a new science facility and planetarium to the north of the Heim Building will begin in July 2014. The new facility will connect to Heim and bring all of the college's science programs - astronomy, biology, chemistry and physics - within the same building. The physical proximity among the sciences will enable richer intellectual collaboration and provide Lycoming students with access to additional cutting-edge interdisciplinary curricula.

In addition, the new planetarium will be a modern learning space utilizing the best technology available. It will not only serve Lycoming's students, but also benefit the greater Williamsport community as area school districts will have ample access to the facility for learning and discovery purposes.

To learn more about supporting the new science facility and its various naming opportunities, please contact the Office of Development at (570) 321-4036.

Strategic Planning - Toward a Greater Lycoming

Initiated by President Kent Trachte in fall 2013, Lycoming is engaged in a campus-wide strategic planning process. The goal is to renew and deepen Lycoming’s identity as a national liberal arts college with the goal of becoming recognized as one of the very best liberal arts colleges in the country. To achieve this vision, we must harness our energies, inspire our supporters and, most importantly, exercise our collective imaginations to build an even Greater Lycoming.

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