Dartmouth Financial Aid Changes Lives

Invest in the changemakers of tomorrow.

Dartmouth’s need-based financial aid program provides the life-changing financial assistance many students need to make their Dartmouth dream a reality. With this critical support, the College can offer students of all backgrounds the experience and opportunity that can only come from a Dartmouth education. 

Here we share the stories of four remarkable alumni whose lives were forever transformed because of financial aid.

AlexAnna Salmon ’08

When AlexAnna began her college search, she knew she wanted to travel thousands of miles to attend Dartmouth College. She also knew that the cost would be a major obstacle.

Fortunately, Dartmouth helped ensure that AlexAnna received the financial support she needed to make her dream a reality. For 8,000 years, the Igiugig people have continually occupied the area and strived to protect and maintain their identity. AlexAnna was able to play a significant part in preserving Igiugig culture through her Dartmouth senior thesis, which became the first published document about Igiugig history told by members of their own community.

"I want our youth to grow up knowing who they are, how special our culture is, and our inherent right to live our way of life."

Rose McLean ’03

Growing up on an organic farm in Ancram, New York, Rose McLean '03 was drawn to Dartmouth because it felt like home. From the moment she started taking Latin, she knew the subject was captivating in a way that would hold her for the rest of her life. Financial aid paved the way for a diverse experience and a path of inquiry that ultimately led McLean to her current position as an associate professor of classics at the University of Santa Barbara.

"I knew [Dartmouth] was a place where I could be my best academic self."

Duc Pham ’94

Born in Central Vietnam in the middle of the Vietnam War, Duc Pham ’94 was fortunate to escape the country. Harrowing images from the war inspired his decision to attend Dartmouth with dreams of becoming a physician. Financial aid opened doors for Pham to pursue his passion for reconstructive plastic surgery.

"I think we all have an interesting story to tell."

Aaron Limonthas ’12

Aaron Limonthas ’12 went from Houston to Dartmouth with a passion for helping others. A women's and gender studies course changed his life, opening a world of opportunity for him to become a leading diversity expert.

"I get to implement programs that are changing lives for people across the world."


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