Rebirth of Liberty & Learning Campaign

Campaign Goals

Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships - $154.8 Million

“Hillsdale – unique among all educational institutions – was and remains unfettered.”
— Paul Harvey

Endowed scholarships create enduring tributes and memorials and assist generations of Hillsdale students.  To avoid regulatory interference from federal bureaucracy, Hillsdale replaces federal and state taxpayer subsidies for 100 percent of its financial aid program with private scholarships and grants.  Endowment for undergraduate scholarships will assist students of high merit, special talent, and financial need while preserving the College’s independence. 

Chapel Construction and Endowment - $30 Million

“May earth be better and heaven richer because of the life and labor of Hillsdale College”
– Prayer written in a Bible placed inside the Cornerstone of Central Hall

The new chapel will be prominently located on the main campus.  Its classical architecture and soaring domed interior will enhance the existing campus structures, with 30,000 square feet of space and seating capacity for 1,350. Features include choir seating, expansive side aisles, three balconies, a beautiful portico, and a private chapel adjacent to the chancel. The chapel will serve as a much-needed place for worship, musical presentations, and academic ceremonies such as the all-campus convocations held each semester.

Barney Charter School Initiative Endowment - $15 Million

“A pioneer in independent education.”
—Reader’s Digest

Through this program, Hillsdale College provides extensive help to groups of parents and teachers who establish classical charter schools that teach the liberal arts.  Hillsdale aids in the development of curricula, the training of headmasters and teachers, and other essential areas, all without accepting even one cent of government charter school money.  The Barney Initiative’s goal is to assist in the opening of 50 such schools nationwide by 2022.

Searle Center - $12.3 Million

“Throughout its long history Hillsdale has carried the torch for freedom, teaching Americans about the blessings of liberty, free-market economics, our Constitution and founding principles – including the truth that our rights originate not from government, but from God.”
—U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

The new Searle Center features interior renovation of the dining hall and auditorium, a two-level expansion with new finishes and new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing, and extensive exterior modifications to include a new roof, west façade, colonnade, portico, and lobby.

The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship Endowment - $20 Million

“Hillsdale College is in the unique position to advance the cause for the Constitution with the Kirby Center.”
—Mark Levin

With teaching as its primary purpose, the Kirby Center in Washington, D.C. is dedicated to reestablishing the fundamental conditions of freedom: true civic education in our schools and universities, a pride in self-government within society, and an understanding among our elected leaders of enduring principles.

Programs for Hillsdale undergraduates include the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program, and the George Washington Fellowship Program. Programs for policymakers and opinion leaders also take place at the Center and include the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series, the annual Constitution Day Celebration, James Madison Fellows Program, meetings for elected officials, and the U.S. Constitution: A Reader interactive website.

Churchill Project Endowment - $9 Million

“You do extraordinary work in teaching, in the institutions you support, and the values you promote.”
—Charles Krauthammer

A special endowment will fund conferences, student scholarships, publications, and extensive research associated with Winston S. Churchill.  Hillsdale College will complete and republish the official biography, a project begun ten years ago; a portion of the endowment will guarantee that it remains continuously in print.  Hillsdale will also publish ancillary works on Churchill and related subjects over time.  Endowments for a faculty chair and student scholarships will support research activities; an online course will be developed; and marketing efforts will ensure that courses, conferences, and publications are available to a wide audience.

John Anthony Halter Shooting Sports Education Center Endowment - $6.56 Million

“Many Americans complain about the loss of freedom in our country today, but Hillsdale is actually doing something about it…”
—Mark Levin

Endowment funds will support the shooting club and teams, student scholarships, academic instruction, the Range Master, and maintenance operations.  Programs held at the Halter Center promote interest in the shooting sports through the College’s Shotgun Team, the Shooting Sports Club, the annual Liberty and Learning Youth Conference, and the Ladies for Liberty Seminar and Shooting Camp.  Educational seminars focus on American history, free-market economics, and the Constitution.  Undergraduate courses held at the Center include Basic Shotgun and Advanced Shotgun.

Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship Endowment - $24 Million

“Hillsdale College symbolizes everything that is good and true in America.  You uphold the principles and cherish the values which have made your country a beacon of hope.”
—Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain 

Offering both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in politics, the Graduate School educates students in political philosophy and American constitutionalism.  Students pursue careers in the academy, law, journalism, and public service broadly understood.  Endowed scholarships for graduate students are vital in order to attract top-tier students to this unique program.

Film and Documentary Program Endowment - $7.25 Million

“…by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people.  No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom, and of happiness.”
—Thomas Jefferson

This program will train students in the field of documentary filmmaking and digital media.  Endowment funds will provide for program staff, development of filmmaking courses, student scholarships and internships, equipment needs, and opportunities such as off-campus training and an annual student film festival.