Worship service with Summa participants

Lilly Grant Funds SUMMA Sustainability Plan

Summa, a theological debate camp, is envisioned as a pre-college program that helps high schoolers strengthen their faith while developing intellectual skills in debate, rhetoric, and respectful listening. A new grant from the Lilly Endowment is helping the program strengthen its foundations so that it is fit for the long haul. Read more about this program at the link.

head shot of Cissy Zhang

Giving Back to Tonya

Cissy Zhang, C'11, gives the Tonya Internship credit for getting her a quick start on her professional goals. Now she gives back regularly to the Tonya endowment, ensuring that today's students can have that same opportunity. 

Scovil's Internship Endowment Gives Sewanee Students Business Opportunities

John Scovil, C'77, sums up his motivation for establishing an endowed internship fund this way: “We didn’t have the internship opportunities that today’s students have. I actually had a summer job with the company that first employed me, but it was in no way a management position. You learn so much just being in a business setting, no matter what you are doing.” Having surfed the waves of international business and manufacturing for the past 40 years, Scovil is happy to be giving back to the alma mater that pointed him in the right direction.  

Bess Allen and Lee Allen

Couple's Cornerstone Inspired by Empathy and Desire to Be a Positive Force

When Lee and Bess Caughran Allen (both C'05) remembered their own experiences at Sewanee, they were inspired to establish a Cornerstone Internship, which has become a joy in their lives and a lesson to their children.

Williams and his family

Representing (and advocating for) Sewanee students and Graduates

Jay Williams, C'94, is a powerful advocate for Sewanee students, and he is backing his voice with gifts to support internships for them. 

A Friendly Rivalry Enriches the Sewanee Experience

A friendly rivalry between two classmates in the Class of 1969, supercharged a 50th Reunion Gift campaign. After the class had raised enough money to claim naming rights for the Campus Store in the new Wellness Commons, Harvey Johnston committed to a challenge gift of half the minimum needed for an endowed scholarship. His classmate, Henry Vruwink jumped, matching Harvey’s challenge immediately. His motivation? Read on...