Language center receives strong support for endowment campaign

Five Colleges has raised $482,000 toward its new endowment to sustain funding for ongoing operations of its Five College Center for the Study of World Languages.

Enrollments have climbed steadily over the last decade, with more than 300 students in each of the last three years studying less commonly taught languages at the center. As one of the consortium’s most popular programs, the center has had a far-reaching impact on students, offering a rich and diverse set of language learning opportunities and resources that prepare students for a wide variety of majors, internships and careers. When fully funded, the planned $3 million endowment will cover about a third of the center’s budget, with the remainder of the budget covered by annual campus payments.

Contributions to the fund, which have so far come from 15 individual donors and the five campuses, will be matched by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $1 to every $2 raised, up to $1 million. Those wishing to support the center can do so via the Five College website. All donors whose gifts are received by December 31, 2021 will be listed as Founding Donors to the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages Endowment Fund.