Letter from the President

President HatchWake Forest University traces its roots to a time when virtually all students were the first members of their families to attend college. Nearly 200 years after the Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute tentatively opened its doors, there is an economic divide in American higher education. As a perennial Top-30 National University and as a private institution, we are keenly aware of this issue and are passionately committed to addressing it.

One of the ways we address it is with the Magnolia Scholars program, an outreach initiative that transcends the conventional financial aid that helps recruit and enroll these ambitious young men and women; it aspires to keep them here and to give them the same holistic education that other Wake Forest students typically enjoy. The program, which supports approximately 30 first-generation students annually, is vital to Wake Forest’s efforts in maintaining a tradition of access and opportunity.

I thank you for being part of our story and for considering a way to continue it.

Nathan O. Hatch