Remarkable Reedies.

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This campaign successfully reached its goal on April 01, 2021!
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SUCCESS! This campaign has come to a close, with an astounding 1,027 donors. Thanks for supporting this place we call home. 

If you would like to make your annual gift, please visit the Reed website.



Remarkable Reedies.

Each generation of Reedies constitutes the legacy of Reed, from the meaningful communities they build on campus to the ways in which they advance scholarship in their fields of study. Gifts to financial aid from alumni, parents, and friends lower the barrier of entry for many of these students. 

With a gift, you can have a direct impact on the life of a student like Miniya, Robin, or Alisa, enabling them to explore their intellectual and creative passions, hone their critical thinking skills, and build friendships that last a lifetime.

If 1,000 alumni, parents, and friends make a gift to support financial aid by March 31, trustee Win McCormack will give Reed $100,000 to support remarkable Reedies.

* If you graduated in the classes of 2011–2020, Konrad Alt ’81 and Michele Alt will match your gift dollar for dollar and increase it by $100! All young-alumni gifts to financial aid during this period will support the Help a Reedie Out scholarship and will also count toward our 1,000 donor goal. 

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Reed's hockey-loving Watson Fellow, Alisa

Alisa loves playing hockey. They grew up in a suburb of Detroit with a family that expected them to attend their large state school. “I knew I wanted to go out of state, but that was something my parents were very hesitant about.” Alisa wanted an “intentional learning community where people genuinely care about learning.” Reed seemed like a good fit, and Alisa flew out from Michigan as a part of the multicultural fly-in program. Alisa sat in on classes, visited Hawthorne, walked in the Portland rain, and knew they wanted to be a part of the Reed community. 

Once Alisa was accepted, “financial aid 100% made the difference” in their ability to come to Reed.

At Reed, Alisa has found empowering spaces for people who hold marginalized identities and has learned to live their life from a place of safety and confidence. Interning with Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)—with the support of a Summer Internship Award from the Center for Life Beyond Reed—introduced Alisa to other API and nonbinary role models. Additionally, Alisa has been delighted to find a community of Reedies who really like sports. “Originally I wanted to go to college to play hockey . . . and I felt like coming to Reed I had to be prepared to give up on that part of my identity.” Alisa now plays on the Reed rugby team, has taken up cycling, and loves exploring the bountiful hiking opportunities available in the Pacific Northwest.

Just days after the Remarkable Reedies campaign launched we received news that Alisa has been named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow—remarkable indeed!

452 days ago by Claire E Michie
Debate kid becomes environmental advocate. Meet Miniya.

Miniya is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, so Reed is “a long way from home” by her own account. She’s a transfer student, having come to Reed after her first year at Hampshire College. Miniya, a self-professed “debate kid” in high school, is majoring in political science and focusing her research on environmental advocacy. She’s equally passionate about art and design and about supporting the Reed community. This year she worked as the transfer student coordinator for Orientation, helping transfer students understand Reed culture, attend campus events, and find their place in the Reed community. 

Financial aid was crucial to Miniya’s ability to transfer to Reed, and she received a scholarship specifically to support Black students. The importance of financial aid is clear to Miniya: “As we know, there is a desperate need for Black American students within the world of academia. Too often, our stories are talked about and studied without us giving our important perspectives on these issues. It is scholarships like this that enable Black students to truly succeed and contribute our value to the intellectual world.”

Whether she is petitioning for the electrification of Portland buses or flexing her entrepreneurial skills while growing her art business, Miniya is a remarkable Reedie, and she is here because of financial support from donors like you. 

458 days ago by Claire E Michie
Meet Robin

Robin grew up in a small town in southwest Washington, about an hour from Reed. Throughout high school, they would leaf through Reed’s brochures, poring over student descriptions and thinking about how this “band of fierce intellectuals” felt like the community they’d been seeking. Robin yearned for an educational experience where everyone was engaged and wanted to learn. 

At Reed, Robin thought, “going to a conference where every single person had done the readings and wanted to share their thoughts and learn was never something I had in high school.”

Robin is now in their second year at Reed, majoring in sociology and serving in a leadership role on the Restorative Justice Coalition. For Robin, restorative justice is all about close-knit community: “We wanted to have another option, one that didn’t fall into these traditional models entrenched in Western society . . . we wanted students to feel like they have a place to talk about conflict and be heard. It’s really important to be able to fix, and remedy, and rebuild community after harm, but it’s also allowed us to circumvent harm before it happens. We hold community building circles so various groups of students can form deeper connections to one another and learn to understand each other more.” 

459 days ago by Claire E Michie

Alumni Gifts by Class YearThe Alumni Gifts by Class Year reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
AffiliationDonors$ Raised
20256$504
202427$1,704
202327$5,308
202220$1,737
202120$2,313
20209$325
20196$249
201812$175
20178$170
20168$205
201512$1,350
20149$1,295
201310$468
20128$298
201115$1,350
20109$1,131
200910$169
200812$755
200718$1,816
200614$479
200512$354
200419$718
20037$160
200211$423
200111$1,749
20008$474
19997$473
19985$278
199710$1,180
199614$910
199517$2,040
19948$455
19939$990
199212$970
199118$1,589
199012$1,037
198910$1,890
19886$270
19875$280
19867$1,355
19857$1,620
19849$1,339
198314$1,673
198215$2,877
19816$493
19808$2,225
197910$2,335
19787$1,121
19778$1,380
19766$615
19756$1,231
19744$245
197310$681
197210$611
19714$150
197010$1,232
19693$320
19689$625
19677$370
19667$409
196510$7,025
19645$305
19633$333
19621$250
19615$609
19605$9,300
19581$25
19572$2,250
19561$300
19553$130
19531$100
19511$100
19481$0
19421$0
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