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An Anonymous DonorAn anonymous donor from the Williams community gave $50,000

Since 2010, Williams has provided all aided students with their required materials, including textbooks, art supplies, and lab fees - free of charge to the students.

Textbooks and class materials are essential resources for students to prepare, engage, and succeed in their classes. Professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Comparative Literature Rashida K. Braggs shares how course materials can have a transformational impact on students. She notes how impactful the work of scholars such as James Baldwin, bell hooks and Dwight Conquergood being present on the syllabus highlights the power of representation; that people of color continue to influence and transform the next generation.  

To date, thanks to the expanded financial aid book grant and the generosity of Alumni Fund donors like you, Williams has provided over 200,000 textbooks and materials to more than 4,000 Ephs.

Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor from the Williams’ community, your gift today will contribute to unlocking an additional $50,000 in support of financial aid, access, and opportunity for today’s students.

Prior to the spring of 2010, students would each receive the same nominal book grant amount each semester, regardless of the actual cost of their textbooks and supplies; students could also borrow books from the Class of 1914 Library (a textbook lending library), but inventory was limited and access was not guaranteed. The financial aid book grant helps to make sure that the cost of materials is not a barrier to students seeking to take courses - thank you for helping Williams make true affordability a reality!

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