We are comfortable asking challenging questions and persistent in the search for truth.
WHERE WE ARE The learning environment at Guilford is one of constant inquiry. Undergraduate research is one of the greatest vehicles for students to grow, honing their ability to question the world around them and contribute to what we know. The Summer Research Scholars program, for example, includes eight weeks of research study aimed at serving a community partner. The Guilford Undergraduate Symposium showcases the variety and quality of original student work. The Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) project, funded by National Science Foundation, activates engagement in
real world problems.
Many universities withhold significant research opportunities like these until the graduate years. At Guilford, undergraduates don’t have to wait.
WHERE WE WANT TO GO Endowed support for research will allow more students to engage in meaningful research and to delve deeper into their study. When you partner with Guilford, you make possible any number of transformational opportunities:
Research scholarships that position Guilford to attract and reward the most serious scholars who want to make research the focus of their college experience.
Project funds that allow students to pursue in-depth investigation into a specific area of research.
Professional meetings and conferences that allow students to network and present.
The freedom for financially challenged students to choose research over employment.
We see the world as our lab.
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is a differentiator for Guilford College. The quantity and depth of hands-on learning experiences is practically unrivaled in North Carolina higher education. As a result, Guilford students are encouraged to seek out real-world application and dig in, making a difference — right now — for themselves and for others. The more we can build on the positive outcomes of experiential learning, the better off our students and communities will be. In addition, Guilford is ahead of the national average when it comes to employment placement, and we are neck and neck with the colleges and universities nationally for acceptance into graduate school. We attribute these successes to several elements of the Guilford experience, not the least of which is a wealth of internship opportunities.
What makes internships at Guilford distinctive?
Customization. Students have faculty mentor support to
custom create the exact internships that inspire them and
help them advance.
Outreach to site supervisors. Unlike many other liberal arts institutions, Guilford has an employer advisory board whose members share the skills they need, allowing us to perfectly match people with organizations.
Breadth of options. Students have the opportunity to intern
at community sites, nonprofit organizations and large
corporations alike, both domestically and internationally.
Credit-bearing. Most internships allow for sizable course credits that keep students moving along the path to their goals.
We believe this is why Guilford alumni outpace graduates from large state institutions in career placement. It’s all about networking and being ready from Day One.
WHERE WE WANT TO GO With experiential education at the core of the Guilford experience, internships are a clear strength. Together, we can build on a good thing and share it with more students. Currently about 750 out of Guilford’s approximately 2,000 students intern each year. Increased funding will lead to increased participation, allow for transportation to internship sites, and help free students from the difficult decision of choosing paid employment over an unpaid internship.
We believe in opening the door — because low-income has nothing to do with high achievement.
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We are called to be socially just. What we stand for,
and the educational heritage that we have carefully fostered
since our founding, means nothing if it is available only to a
select few. The time has come to endow scholarship funding at
a level that will fortify our mission of inclusivity while making
Guilford College more competitive among high achieving
students than ever before.
The numbers are telling:
Twenty-five percent of Guilford students are first generation.
Currently, nearly 40 percent of our student body has a Pell
Only seven percent of the financial aid Guilford offers is
funded via endowed scholarships.
What does this mean for Guilford? A staggering 93 percent of the aid we award comes straight out of the College’s operating budget. Enrollment and budgeting in higher education is ever challenging, but it only pushes us to stand up even more for the education that Guilford provides. Although every student demonstrating financial need receives some type of aid at Guilford College, there is much more work to be done. We remain committed to access so that talented and determined students can call Guilford their academic home.
WHERE WE WANT TO GO Endowed scholarship funding could be one of the greatest game changers for Guilford. A robust, endowed scholarship program would ease the pressure on institutional budgeting and allow donors to directly transform lives through educational opportunity. Scholarships of any amount send the message that we expect great things from our students as they go forward. Full-ride scholarships will draw more high-achieving students to our campus while smaller college and departmental awards will serve as a powerful tool for retention. We see a future in all of our students, in the impact they can make and in the impact we can make for them.