Reasons to Give

We like to say that an Oberlin education is extraordinary—and that each student experiences it differently. We can count on our students to supply the intellectual curiosity and creativity, and they count on us to help make their dreams a reality.

Oberlin is committed to providing access for every enrolled student, and we’re grateful to our many donors who help make that promise possible. Your generosity creates pivotal opportunities through support of scholarships, academic programs, and strategic initiatives. Read on to learn how supporters like you help Oberlin students thrive.

We believe in giving back to the institutions that made us who we are. We are grateful for our Oberlin experience and want others to have the same opportunities afforded to us.

Andy Bartholomew ’07 and Siena Aguayo ’10

Andy and Siena holding a baby.

I give to Oberlin because I believe in its mission—to educate and train talented students to go forth and do good in the world. Oberlin has produced generations of educators, musicians, ministers, artists, and other professionals who have made great contributions to all fields of human endeavor. I am proud to support our alma mater and its unique position as an outstanding liberal arts college and conservatory of music.

Wendell P. Russell, Jr. ’71
Past President, Oberlin Alumni Association

Wendell Russell, with palm trees in the background.

In different decades and with different academic and other interests, we each made Oberlin our own. We give because it changed all of us for the better at pivotal points in our lives.

Andrea Lehman ’83, Andy Rowan ’83, Emma Rowan ’12, Willa Rowan ’15

The Lehman family on a trip

I would not be the musician or arts educator I am today without the scholarships and financial aid I received while a student at Oberlin. I am proud to be able to give back as an alum and support future music lovers! 😀

Teagan Webb ’20

I give back to Oberlin because as a student, I found a home there, surrounded by peers who were just as eager to gain hands-on experience in research, scholarship, creative work, and performance. Since graduating, Oberlin has remained a home for me in the form of alumni events and through connecting with classmates. Through gifts to the Oberlin Annual Fund, I’m able to continue supporting a culture that cultivates curiosity and helps students master the tools necessary to engage with humanity’s most urgent challenges, debates, and artistic frontiers.”

Krisanto S. Pranata ’89

Krisanto Prinata on a pedestrian bridge in a city.

We give to Oberlin to invest in a college that has given our son experiences and opportunities to grow and learn, to follow his dreams and launch his career—and we want others to have those incredible opportunities as well. We believe in the value of liberal arts education to teach individuals how to think and analyze information and make creative leaps to solve problems. Oberlin students and professors from all over the world and all walks of life work through innovative programs to learn how to think about the world in new, optimistic, and insightful ways in order to lead the way toward a more just, equitable, and exciting future.”

Ken and Laura Norris (P’23)

The Norrises with their son, who is wearing an Oberlin baseball uniform.

Lance Braunstein

The reason we give to Oberlin is entirely due to its people. The faculty are deeply engaged with their students, and it is one of the few undergraduate programs we found where sophomores get to work on research projects and learn lab principles.

The administration has put so much thought into the Oberlin experience, and to that point has developed a key series of integrative concentrations where students can focus on global health, data science, arts administration, or even business, while still experiencing that legendary Oberlin liberal arts education.

Finally, we give for the students. When we visit and walk around the stunning campus: hearing Steinways played in every practice room, cheering on a lacrosse game in the morning, listening to a concerto in the chapel in the afternoon, and attending a comedy set in the evening at the Cat in the Cream, we see why our daughter chose to become an Obie and how she has thrived here. We feel lucky to give to this special place that has helped her grow into an amazing adult, well-prepared to face the world.

Christine and Lance Braunstein (P ’23)

Your generosity helps Obies thrive.

A white squirrel in the grass on Tappan Square.