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A Campaign for Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary

What is the Legacy 150 campaign?

This campaign is an effort to engage all of our friends and alumni in advancing the mission of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary. It’s the most ambitious fundraising initiative in our 150-year history, and it has the potential to transform both of these institutions. The $42 million campaign goal includes building a new Science and Nursing Center, providing additional scholarship support for our students, and strengthening the Seminary and College endowments. 

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How does this campaign align with our mission?

Since opening our doors in 1866, our mission has been to prepare thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society. Today, we maintain a steadfast commitment to that very mission at both Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary. This campaign will enhance our ability to pursue that mission with boldness, creativity and strength.     

What are the goals of the Legacy 150 Campaign?

Beyond the three primary goals of building a new Science and Nursing Center, increasing scholarship support for our students and strengthening the endowments, I also hope this campaign will motivate our friends and alumni to a higher level of engagement with the College and Seminary. Legacy 150 also has the potential to enhance our brand, expand our visibility and increase our ability to attract students.  

Why a new Science and Nursing Center?

The existing Merlin G. Smith Science Center has served us well since its completion in 1971. But what was cutting-edge in 1971 now lags behind the high school lab facilities most of our entering students have used. Our existing facilities are not only outdated, they are too small to accommodate the number of students who wish to take advantage of Roberts’ highly regarded nursing program. We all know that science and technology programs are increasingly important to our future, and this new center will help us attract the best and brightest students—and provide them with the educational experiences they need to serve effectively in the 21st century.  

Can you explain how expanding scholarships and strengthening endowments will help students?

Students are at the heart of our mission, yet increasing numbers of them face the challenges of rising tuition costs as their families struggle to keep pace financially. While Roberts and Northeastern both remain great values among private institutions, and although we give financial aid to more than 95% of our students, the cost of attendance is increasingly prohibitive for many families. Quite simply, growing our scholarship and endowment funds helps our students and families meet these affordability challenges.   

Has fundraising already begun?

Yes. For the past two years, we have been talking with our Trustees and other major donors, asking them to give leadership gifts to this effort. They have responded with amazing generosity, for the latest campaign status click here.

Is there anything else alumni and friends can do to support the campaign?

Beyond giving consideration to a campaign pledge, I hope everyone will support Legacy 150 in prayer.  One way to do that is to become one of Roberts’ prayer partners.  To become a prayer partner, click here.

How can I learn more?

We are planning several campaign events over the next year that will create opportunities for alumni and friends to interact with one another and learn more about the campaign. Dr. Porterfield will be attending many of these events along with other representatives from the College. To see a calendar of events and register, visit the Alumni page at