Parents Fund

Lafayette Parents Fund – one family, one focus:  our students

Lafayette’s number one priority is our students – your children. Together, we share a common goal to ensure an environment that promotes academic excellence and provides the foundation for students to “launch” their lives. As parents of a Lafayette student, there are many ways to impact your child’s college experience each and every day. One effective method is with a gift to the Parents Fund.

Each year, gifts to the Parents Fund support programs that encourage students’ intellectual, social, and personal growth. Unparalleled research opportunities, global learning programs and study abroad, talented and dedicated faculty, our nationally recognized career services program, and numerous extracurricular opportunities are a few ways that annual giving makes a difference at Lafayette.

Many parents are surprised to hear that tuition, though substantial, covers about 60% of the cost to educate a Lafayette student. The College relies on income generated from its endowment, and giving by parents, alumni, and friends to make up the difference.

Parent support in recent years has exceeded $1,000,000. This year, our goal is $1.1 million, and we hope every parent will make a gift. All gifts, regardless of the size, are appreciated and may be directed to the programs that are most important to you and your child.

Thank you for your support!

Gifts to the Parents Fund can be made online, by phone, or by mail. Lafayette also welcomes gifts of stock or other securities.

Questions about the Lafayette Parents Fund may be directed to Joe Samaritano ’91 at samaritj@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5047.

Marquis Parents Council

Parents who demonstrate exceptional leadership support of the College with a gift at the Marquis Society level are invited to join the Marquis Parents Council, a committee focused on the specific interests of parents of current Lafayette students. Members of the Parents Council have access to the senior leadership of the institution and the ability to share their thoughts openly on important issues that will help define the College’s future. Two times each academic year, the Council meets to provide President Byerly and other campus leaders guidance on current issues facing the institution. If you are interested in joining the Parents Council, or would like more information, please contact Joe Samaritano ‘91 at 610-330-5047.