Endowed Giving

Scholarships and endowed gifts provide essential support for Wellesley’s most significant priorities, including our need-blind admission process and our commitment to making a Wellesley education affordable for all students.

Endowed gifts help ensure Wellesley’s long-term success. Donors may designate their gifts to specific priorities within Wellesley’s broad goals—scholarships are our top priority, followed by professorships. Endowed funds may be named for the donor or in honor or memory of someone the donor wishes to recognize. The College offers specific guidelines for endowed giving.

Wellesley College endowed giving opportunities include:

Endowed Scholarships

Wellesley’s need-blind admission policy is backed by a commitment to meet 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated need. Moreover, 95 percent of our average financial aid award is given in the form of a scholarship or grant that does not have to be repaid. This policy allows us to attract the best and the brightest students, regardless of their financial situation. Only a handful of colleges and universities can uphold such a pledge. Your support makes it possible.

Full Award: $1,500,000
Average Award: $1,000,000
With Preferences: $750,000
No Preferences:  $250,000


Endowed professorships are one of the highest honors the College can bestow upon current faculty who have made extraordinary contributions to research and teaching. Donors may establish a professorship, which will exist in perpetuity, in their own name or in the name of someone they wish to honor. Income from the endowed gift pays the faculty member’s salary and associated costs.

Full: $3,000,000
Visiting: $3,000,000
Assistant: $2,000,000

Other Endowed Giving Opportunities

The endowment minimum is $150,000 for the following fund types: internships, general endowments, faculty salaries, departmental funds, landscape funds, library funds, and museum funds.


For more information about endowed giving opportunities, please contact the Office for Resources at giving@wellesley.edu or 800.358.3543.