Pitzer Promise Scholarship

The Pitzer Promise Scholarship supports exceptional students who possess a wealth of talent but not the financial means to attend Pitzer College. With a gift of $5,000, donors can provide a one-year scholarship for a high-achieving student who has demonstrated financial need. Gifts of $10,000 or more support one-year scholarships for two students. Over the course of an academic year, the donor will get to know their Pitzer Promise Scholar, or Scholars, through stories, updates, and personal notes.

Pitzer College 2017-18 Financial Aid Facts

  • 40% of students received need-based financial aid
  • $38,600—amount of average need-based financial aid
  • 29% of students borrowed money to pay for college
  • $17,848 average student loan debt for 2018 grads—approximately $12,000 less than the national average

Pitzer is committed to meeting 100 percent of admitted students’ financial need, but we can’t do it alone. Resources from the Pitzer Promise Scholarship fund help the College make a one-of-a-kind undergraduate education accessible to top applicants, even if tuition is beyond their reach.

Part of the idea behind this program is a pay-it-forward ethos that Pitzer scholarship recipients talk about all the time. Students like Haley Burger ’20, who told Pitzer scholarship donors:

“I am very grateful for people like you who value education and understand the impact it can have on a person’s life. I hope I can continue this positive service and pass it forward by helping to change the world in my own way.” ~ Haley Burger ’20

Pitzer Promise Scholarship donors get to know a little about the students whose college education they’re helping make possible, and scholarship recipients learn a bit about donors who are willing to share their philosophy of philanthropy. It’s a way of personalizing the cycle of giving.

With a gift to the Pitzer Promise Scholarship, donors help accomplished students who love learning become engaged citizens of the world. It’s an investment in our shared future.

Please contact us with any questions:

Valerie Mrotek
Director of Annual Giving
909.607.9351 | valerie_mrotek@pitzer.edu

Susan Warmbrunn
Assistant Director of Stewardship
909.607.7939 | susan_warmbrunn@pitzer.edu

The Pitzer Promise Scholarship program is one of many ways donors can support Pitzer’s extraordinary students. Other ways include:

  • The Pitzer Annual Scholarship Fund. Donate any amount, one time or lots of times—just click the Donate link and designate the scholarship fund on the drop-down menu.
  • The Pitzer Fund. Donate any amount, one time or lots of times—click on the Donate link and designate the Pitzer Fund on the drop-down menu. Unrestricted gifts to this fund help every student, program, field group, and professor on campus. 
  • Endowed Scholarships. If you would like to support Pitzer students while honoring someone special or establishing your own named legacy on campus, you may pledge $50,000 to name a need-based endowed scholarship. Since the principal of an endowment is not spent and a portion of the income is reinvested, an endowed scholarship provides an enduring funding source for students. For more information, please contact Director of Donor Relations Brenda Bolinger at brenda.bolinger@pitzer.edu.

Please visit Pitzer’s Office of College Advancement to explore more about giving at Pitzer College.