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Sewanee announces the largest capital campaign in University history

The University of the South has announced a $250 million fundraising campaign, called Stronger Truer Sewanee—The Campaign for the University of the South. The campaign is the most ambitious in Sewanee’s history.

To date, more than $175 million (70 percent of the goal) has already been raised; colleges typically announce the “public” phase of a fundraising campaign about halfway through.

Historic Gifts Challenge Others to Support the Sewanee Guarantee

A generous gift of almost $8 million to the University of the South will help support Sewanee’s strong commitment to keeping the cost of a top-quality college education as accessible as possible. The gift to support financial aid, from the estate of Emerson C. Winstead Jr., C’50, and Laura Battle Winstead, is the fourth largest single gift in Sewanee’s history, and the largest single gift to support financial aid.


When Sewanee approached Cornelia, C’85, and Dr. Joe, C’84, LaRussa about making a gift to the Hippocrates Challenge, the couple thought long and hard about the request. “We wanted to help Sewanee get this right, because the Pre-Health Program should provide a first-rate experience for our students,” says Cornelia Barrett LaRussa. “We are passionate about Sewanee, and we had several ideas about how we could best help based on what we had heard from Sewanee graduates, students who had rotated through our office, and on our own experiences 30 years ago, as well ast hose of our children [Barrett LaRussa, C’14, and Olivia LaRussa, C’16] and their classmates.”


2016 was a very good year for Carol Shepherd Titus, C’81, and her husband, Bill. The purchase of the bank for which they worked by another bank gave them a windfall that left them thinking about how they could make a positive change in the lives of others and see to their own futures at the same time.

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Anatomy Class Explores “Pasture to Plate”

Brandon Moore combines the inspired teaching and research chops that characterize the next generation of the Sewanee professoriate. The Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign will provide funds that will raise Sewanee's ability to attract and retain a distinctive faculty, delivering programs such as pre-health, business, civic engagement and place-based studies, as well as traditional academic disciplines.  

Students exposed to essential internship experiences

Each summer, Sewanee students benefit from career-building internships that supplement their classroom work. In 2016, 163 students were able to participate in otherwise-unpaid internships due to the generous support of alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Students did internships in 17 countries and 21 states.
Read a few their stories.

If you are interested in a gift that goes beyond current-use dollars, named endowed internship funds begin at the $100,000 level. Named endowed scholarship funds begin at the $150,000 level for the College and $75,000 for the School of Theology.