Giving to the Wilson Fund is the single most important source of revenue for keeping a Wilson education affordable to students and their families. Without a strong Wilson Fund, we would have to raise tuition to levels that would keep many deserving students from attending. For more than a century, Wilson College students have benefited from gifts to the Wilson Fund, which go directly to the current operating budget to defray costs where the need is greatest.
We ask you to do all you can to increase your gift to the Wilson Fund and consider becoming a leadership donor with membership in the Pines and Maples Society. With a gift of $1,000 or more to the College, anyone can join the Pines and Maples Society.
By giving to the Wilson Fund you will help deserving students stay in school or reduce their debt by providing a scholarship. You will help upgrade and equip classrooms and laboratories and bring renowned scholars, poets and musicians to campus to enhance student cultural experiences. You will help us keep employee compensation competitive and help us maintain our beautiful, historic campus.
Mary Jane (MaiJai) Langham Walling ’54 (1932-2011) recently gave $50,000 in support of the Wilson Fund – which was matched by the Lenfest Challenge! Over the years, she and her husband had given numerous gifts toWilson, but this is the largest ever. Mary Jane received an English degree at Wilson and then worked for a year in the College admissions office under the late Ruth “Book” Leitch. While attending a College Fair in Erie, Pa., Mary Jane met a young man working for admissions at Bucknell, Fitz Roy Walling. Several weeks later, Fitz strolled into Wilson's admissions office and invited Mary Jane to dinner. They were married in Chambersburg's Falling Presbyterian Church in June 1956. That brief college fair encounter blossomed into a 55-year marriage with two wonderful children. Mary Jane said that when they were considering making this gift Fitz had asked her, “Don’t you think you’ve given enough toWilson College?” Mary Jane responded, “No, they gave me you!”