Supporting Black and African American Students

Support F&M's black students and the fight to end racism today

Now more than ever

Dear Friends:


I know you’ve heard it before, but this year has certainly been a year like no other. So much has changed for all of us, including the students of Franklin & Marshall College. Yet so much remains as it has ever been. Students continue to learn and grow, as scholars and as people. The Black Student Union continues to operate, providing leadership and development opportunities to F&M’s black student community. And the African American Alumni Council continues to support their activity. 


In light of all this, I write today to ask for your support by making a gift in support of the Pioneers Club. Since its launch in 2017, the Pioneers Club has raised thousands of dollars from hundreds of alumni and friends to support programs that benefit black and African American students on campus. This includes over $27,500 in dedicated support for the Black Student Union, increasing average annual alumni support for the BSU from just over $1,300 prior to 2017 to just under $7,000 a year since!


The Office of Advancement has worked with us to set up a dedicated giving page to facilitate your giving. To make a gift in support of Pioneers Club initiatives, please click one of the giving links on this page. Ramy Rahal, Director of Annual Giving is also standing by to help you make your gift if you would like to give by phone or send a check by mail. 


On behalf of the students at F&M and the entire AAAC, thank you for your past and ongoing generosity. I look forward to seeing you at many of our upcoming virtual events and for the day, hopefully soon, when we can gather in person on campus for an AAAC Graduation Breakfast or Bridget Awards celebration. In the meantime, I wish you and your families the very best for health and happiness in the new year and beyond.


~Tony Ross '91, Chair, F&M African American Alumni Council


The Pioneers Club


In honor of the first black students' admission to Franklin & Marshall, the African American Alumni Council (AAAC) invites you to join the Pioneers Club. Celebrating the legacy of these pioneering African American students through ongoing philanthropic investment in F&M’s community of color, the club provides means and inspiration for those who aspire to their courage and success.

To learn more about the Pioneers Club, or to read the inspirational stories of some of our exceptional alumni, please visit

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