Instruction in less commonly taught languages at the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages—from Albanian to Zulu—got a big boost from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The foundation has awarded Five Colleges $1.775 million toward developing a sustainable income for the center. Of the award, $1 million is a challenge grant to match $2 million to be raised by the consortium to create an endowment for the Center. The income from the endowment, when combined with ongoing support from the five campuses, will support the center’s operations in perpetuity. Included in the award is an additional $775,000 to provide operating funds until the endowment investments begin to pay off. See accompanying article below about the endowment fundraising campaign.
“We are profoundly grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for this generous award,” said Neal Abraham, executive director of Five Colleges. “It represents endorsement by the foundation of the success of the center and demonstrates the foundation’s confidence that together we will secure the center’s financial future. This grant is a fitting capstone for this vital consortium program that has enjoyed deep support from the foundation for many years as it developed new pedagogical approaches to an increased range of languages.”
With origins dating back to 1987, the Center for the Study of World Languages combines independent study with conversation partners and mentoring by native speakers. Student enrollment in the 54 languages and dialects offered by the center has set a record (over 300) for the second year in a row.
Check out photos from the Center's language tutorials in our SmugMug gallery.