Chatham University

Scholarship and Endowment Giving

Endowed Student Scholarships

Endowed scholarships have long played a vital role in Chatham's history, enabling students to pursue their educational goals, regardless of their financial situation. Nearly 100% of Chatham's undergraduate student population benefits from student scholarships and financial aid.

Chatham University's endowed scholarship funds provided more than $1 million in support to students during the 2017-2018 academic year. However, Chatham awards more than $14 million in financial aid and scholarships annually. More than ever, new scholarship dollars are essential to providing an affordable and accessible education to these students.

A named endowed scholarship can be created with a gift of $50,000, payable over five years. If you would like to learn more about establishing an endowed fund at Chatham, please contact Jen Thoma in the Office of University Advancement at (412) 365-2731 or

Class of 1962 Scholarship Challenge

The Class of 1962 has provided a generous challenge to the Chatham community–they collectively donated $300,000 in honor of their 50th class reunion–with the goal of inspiring others to create new endowed scholarships for worthy students. They will provide matching support to inspire other alumnae/i to create their own endowed scholarships.


  1. A donor (or group of classmates) gives $30,000 for a need-based endowed scholarship, named by the donor(s) and paid over a period of up to five years ($6,000 per year);
  2. The Class of 1962 Scholarship Fund provides the additional $20,000 to fully endow the scholarship to the $50,000 level;
  3. Each of the 15 scholarships remain a part of the Class of 1962 Scholarship Challenge Fund program and the student recipients will be known as Class of 1962 Scholars. Both the donor(s) and the Class of 1962 receive recognition in perpetuity for this generous gift;
  4. Everyone receives updates on their student scholarship recipients each year.

There are a limited number of Class of 1962 scholarships available. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jen Thoma at (412) 365-2731 or

Student's First Expendable Scholarships

The Student's First program was established to provide an opportunity for Chatham alumnae/i and friends to make an immediate impact on students with an expendable scholarship. Named expendable scholarships can be established with a gift of $10,000, payable over four years. The scholarship fund will exist for a four-year period, following one student through their studies at Chatham.

Other Endowed Opportunities

Growing the endowment is an ongoing priority for Chatham University. Chatham's endowment consists of multiple, separate funds that generate income in perpetuity. Only the interest and appreciation earned is used for current programs and services, ensuring the permanent existence of these funds.

In total, Chatham University has more than 190 endowed funds. A substantial portion of the Chatham University endowment assists the general operating budget each year by providing funds for such critical areas as student scholarships, faculty endowments, program endowments, and funds to support the maintenance of the University’s historic properties.

If you are interested in establishing an endowed fund at Chatham, please contact Jen Thoma in the Office of University Advancement at (412) 365-2731 or