Student stories, faculty accolades, fundraising efforts and more updates
from Paul Smith’s College Office of College Advancement.

Funding Student Futures.

A scholarship afforded senior Jen Maguder the opportunity to educate the public about fragile ecosystems.

Opening Doors.

Scholarships made coming to Paul Smith’s an easy choice for Brandon Bills, and put him on a path to success.

Giving Back.

Jon Luther, former CEO and chairman of the board of Dunkin’ Brands, helps others follow his path.

A Message From The College

In 1946, Paul Smith's opened its doors to students for the first time. Our first class graduated in 1948. At the time, our primary programs included forestry and hotel management-areas we're still known for now.

The same things that made us successful then continue to drive us forward today. We were founded on the notion that actually doing is the best way to learn. Decades later, that kind of high-touch education is exactly what employers look for in prospective hires. And we remain indelibly shaped by the place we call home. The Adirondacks are, indeed, our north star: A spirit of conservation and individuality have marked the people who have lived here for generations, and those traits are at the core of the Paul Smith's College experience.

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Endowment Chart


Click below for the latest data on the 2014-2015 fundraising efforts, including total given and percentage of students receiving financial aid. Also included is information on the Paul Smith’s College Fund, government grants, and sponsored programs at the college.

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Efforts & Updates

Fundraising opportunities, planned giving, donor recognition and more.


This year, restaurants in Lake Placid saw a little extra traffic come through their doors.

12,000 Acres

David Falkenham has some big plans in store for his aspiring forestry students.

$2 Million Gift

A generous gift from E. Phillip Saunders will support sports and recreation.

Conservation Efforts

Our students have researched and raised important questions about conservation.


“If we’re looking for positions and I see somebody from Paul Smith’s, they go to the top of the pile because you know what they’re coming from.”

Steve Schifley, Director of Sales at the Albany (N.Y.) Marriott

The Year In Review

record scholarship gift

Frank Hutchins was a man who understood the value of opportunity. That’s why Hutchins’ wife, Jeanne, created the $2 million Frank M. Hutchins Scholarship Endowment — the largest-ever scholarship gift given to Paul Smith’s.

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Watershed program expands

In 2015, a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration will help expand the college’s stewards to even more launches across the western Adirondacks.

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A crafty solution

Our newest offering – a minor in craft beer studies and operations – prepares students for careers in this growing segment. Students gain skills in management, operation and marketing of a craft-beer brewery. That means classes in food science, marketing, and the business of craft beer.

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