How You Can Help
Gifts of any amount can support the Nicholas School’s Annual Fund. This unrestricted support enables the dean to address the schools highest priority – financial aid. A large portion of Nicholas School Annual Fund support is awarded annually to students in the form of need-based and merit based financial aid.
- For a gift of $5,000 or more, you can support one or more of the Nicholas School’s existing endowment funds. Your generous gift at any level – combined with gifts from other donors – will help us achieve our goal to increase the overall size of the school’s scholarship endowment.
- For a gift of $100,000 or more, you can create an unrestricted endowed scholarship fund that will generate long-term support to help offset tuition costs for professional master’s students at the Nicholas School.
- For a gift of $300,000 or more, you can have an even greater impact and tailor your scholarship to reflect a preference for the recipients’ areas of environmental focus, country, state or region of origin, etc.
- For an extraordinary gift of $1.25 million, you can create a named endowed fund that will pay 100% of the tuition costs for one Nicholas School student for a two-year professional degree program.
When you support the Nicholas School Financial Aid Initiative, you will receive information about the impact you are making. Anyone who establishes an endowed scholarship is given the opportunity to meet with the student supported by the scholarship at special events to learn more about their backgrounds, interests and future plans.
Nicholas School Financial Aid Helping Forge Future Leaders
Dean Steelman on Forging Future Leaders Together
Dear alumni and friends,
It brings me great joy to see Grainger Hall full of eager, young minds ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead of them. But many would not be here today without the help of financial aid.
Scholarships opened the door to a Duke environmental education for many of our alumni by giving them the peace of mind that they would graduate with manageable debt. We hope to continue to attract ever stronger and more diverse classes – and to do so, we will need to offer competitive financial aid packages. That’s why I am proud to endorse Forging Future Leaders Together, the Nicholas School’s campaign to raise $25 million in financial aid for current and future Nicholas students.
As our alumni will surely attest, a Nicholas School education prepares our students for leadership. I encourage you to help us increase access and opportunity for our students, and enable the best and brightest candidates to come to Duke and become environmental leaders and scientists who can graduate as unencumbered by debt as possible.
Over the coming months, you will hear from current students and fellow alumni about the impact financial aid has had on their lives. I hope these stories will inspire you to participate in our Forging Future Leaders Together campaign. Gifts of all sizes and types – Annual Fund, endowments, immediate use and even planned giving – will be essential to reach our goal. However you choose to give, your participation means a lot to me and, more importantly, to the amazing students we serve.