The Manchester Fund $11 Million
Tuition alone has never covered the full cost of a Manchester education. The Manchester Fund ensures that the University can focus on teaching and learning while also handling the day-to-day realities of operating two busy campuses.
When students have higher-than-average financial need or experience cuts in government aid, The Manchester Fund helps keep them in school. When a roof springs a leak or an air conditioner breaks, The Manchester Fund is there to help fix it. When winter weather is exceptionally harsh, The Manchester Fund helps pay unexpectedly high utility costs and makes sure parking lots and sidewalks are safe for walking.
In other words, The Manchester Fund bridges gaps and addresses most urgent needs.
In recent years, the fund has upgraded plumbing and improved light in East Hall bathrooms, tuned campus pianos, and provided stronger Wi-Fi signals. Sometimes, it helps students seize opportunities. When the Spartan baseball team qualified for the national championship in Wisconsin, The Manchester Fund paid travel expenses for the team and coaches.
The fund also helps pay for laboratory equipment, subscriptions for the library, student activities and services such as health and career development. The Manchester Fund has averaged $1.08 million annually over five years. Manchester Bold aims to grow the fund by 2 percent each year going forward, to help keep up with inflation. With an adequate annual fund, Manchester can say yes to opportunities that enrich our students' holistic experience.