The first Fellows of LaGrange College were inducted in 1981 to recognize those whose cumulative giving totals $50,000 or more. Since that time, more than 200 Fellows have been honored for their generosity.

    Their collective support helps to provide undergraduate research opportunities, new academic programs and faculty scholarship that bring the LaGrange College experience to life.

    We are profoundly grateful for Fellows Society members who make LaGrange College a priority in their charitable giving.

    Giving level: $50,000 - $249,999

  • THE 1831 SOCIETY

    Founded in 1831, LaGrange College is more than the oldest private college in Georgia. It has endured civil and world wars, offered equality to women and supported the Civil Rights movement.

    At no time, not even during the Civil War, did the College's doors close. It stands as a monument to the determination of the men and women who came before us and many times sacrificed their own well-being for its survival.

    This college thrives on challenge. The 1831 Society recognizes those who, through their giving, value this spirit of courage and fearlessness in periods of prosperity and times of hardship.

    Giving level: $250,000 - $999,999


    Rufus Wright Smith's legendary presidency at LaGrange—from July 1885 to January 1915—was one of the most constructive periods in its history. In his first 10 years, enrollment increased from seven to 240 students. During his tenure, the college's property nearly quadrupled in value, and its curriculum was greatly enhanced.

    He is described as a gentleman and a gentle man. Even though the college required tuition to be paid regularly, "Uncle Rufus" was never known to turn any girl away who wanted an education.

    Together, he and his wife, Oreon, personally financed $40,000 in improvements to the college.

    Smith Hall, originally called the College Home, was renamed in memory of Oreon after her death in 1907.

    The Rufus Wright Smith Society distinguishes an important group of individuals who, through their giving, honor his vision and legacy of perseverance, optimism and compassion.

    Giving level: $1 million and above.

For more information contact the LaGrange College Development Department.