Goucher College receives $1 million gift from Andrew and Ann Tisch Foundation
At Goucher, the Tisch gift will establish a fellowship in the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program to support Goucher’s commitment to foster a diverse and dynamic student body inclusive of underrepresented communities.
By Tara de Souza
Goucher College announced today that the Andrew and Ann Tisch Foundation has donated $1 million to the institution. Through its philanthropic efforts, their foundation is widely recognized for its support of outstanding academic and youth development programs and organizations. At Goucher, the Tisch gift will establish a fellowship in the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program to support Goucher’s commitment to foster a diverse and dynamic student body inclusive of underrepresented communities.
“We are proud to support Goucher and its commitment to helping serve first-generation students and students of color,” said Ann Tisch. “Goucher is an innovative liberal arts college, and the quality education its students receive offers lifechanging opportunities. Andrew and I firmly believe that investing in a student’s potential provides remarkable pathways for their future success.”
This gift will create an endowed fellowship known as the Tisch Fellow in Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program. Launching in 2021, the fellowship will be awarded annually to an outstanding student enrolled in the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program. Andrew and Ann Tisch’s daughter, Charlotte Tisch, is a 2019 graduate of the program.
Formalized in 1984, Goucher’s Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program is one of the most highly regarded in the nation. The college’s modern liberal arts curriculum focuses on interdisciplinary complex problem-solving. The Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program is built upon Goucher’s tradition of rigorous undergraduate science education and provides students with intensive premedical preparation. Over the past ten years, 100% of program graduates have been accepted into top-ranked U.S. medical schools.
“We are extremely grateful to Ann and Andrew [Tisch] for this wonderful gift and their dedication to promote equity and inclusion in higher education,” said Kent Devereaux, Goucher College president. “The Tischs’ gift demonstrates their recognition of the outstanding quality and rigorous academic training our Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program provides and will benefit talented and deserving students for generations to come.”
The Andrew and Ann Tisch Foundation is recognized for its dedication to supporting education initiatives, which include Harvard, Brown University, Barnard College, University of Washington, and Cornell University along with youth and community programs across the nation. One such organization, the Student Leadership Network, founded by Ann Tisch, operates the Young Women’s Leadership Schools, a network of all-girls public schools that provide access to high-quality college preparatory studies. This organization also created CBI – The College Bound Initiative, which places highly trained college guidance counselors in New York City public schools.
Their foundation shares Goucher’s commitment to providing educational opportunities to underserved populations. Service and social justice lie at the core of the college’s community principles. Goucher is dedicated to becoming the model for providing accessible, transformational education and bettering the community where its members live, work, and serve.
Goucher’s efforts to provide an exceptional education, paired with the emphasis on community-based learning and social justice, earned the institution the distinction as a 2020 Top Performers on Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges report. Goucher is also recognized as one of the most innovative colleges in the United States.