There are many joys of working in the Office for Advancement at Ringling College of Art and Design. I tell anyone interviewing for a job at the College that we have the honor and the pleasure of working with the nicest, most generous donors, alumni, faculty, and staff anywhere. Though that is certainly true, I admit that the greatest fulfillment comes from engaging with our students, like Kiara Harris, a first-year Motion Design major from Sarasota, FL. Like most of our students, Kiara has always known that she wanted a career in art and design.
The dedication and passion that all of our students, including Kiara, bring to their work makes it easy to envision them changing our world, using their creativity and their art to solve problems and spark dialogue toward greater understanding. However, without scholarship support, a Ringling College education would be just a dream. That is certainly true for Kiara. Financial support for scholarships is always the College’s biggest need. More than 90% of our students are on some form of financial aid. It is truly the generosity of our donors that makes a Ringling College education possible for so many of our students.
In the donor profiles that follow, you will see the passion these donors have for our students and for the exciting and innovative things happening at Ringling College. We love to see the connection that comes when donors support efforts at the College that are most meaningful to them. If you are interested in making an impact by funding a student scholarship, supporting an academic program, creating an endowed fund, or giving to an area of the College that means a lot to you, we are happy to assist.
As you move through the rest of this issue of CONTXT, you will also read about donors who are leaving legacies to the College. Our Office for Advancement can offer insight into ways that your estate plan can benefit your loved ones and the places you cherish, such as Ringling College. Decades from now, Ringling College will continue to benefit from donors who planned today to make a difference to the students and programs of tomorrow.
If you want to learn more about how you can make a gift that impacts students like Kiara, please contact us. If you have already been generous with your support, thank you for the integral role you have played in supporting remarkable students in fulfilling their dreams of using their creativity to improve our world.
Stacey R. Corley
Vice President for Advancement