1782 Society Events
With invitations to a range of exclusive events and with an open invitation to everything else happening on campus, The 1782 Society provides its members inside access to Washington College.
1782 Preakness Party 2014
Members of The 1782 Society and George Washington Legacy Society gathered in the Visitors Center on May 17, 2014 to celebrate the 139th running of the Maryland tradition, Preakness Stakes.
The Washington College community danced the night away at the annual George Washington’s Birthday Ball.
One of the nation’s largest literary awards, the annual George Washington Book Prize, was awarded to Maya Jasanoff for Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World at Mount Vernon in May 2012. Complete with the Maryland Loyalist Battalion and WAC students recruiting for and against the loyalists, Jasanoff was welcomed to Washington College to discuss her book. The next morning Maya Jasanoff and Adam Good heart had an open discussion about how books are born.
Andrea Wulf, acclaimed author of Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens, visited Washington College as a part of the Chestertown Book Festival. In her book, Wulf vividly portrays the battalion of 18th-century scientists who braved hurricanes, tropical disease, pirates, plagues, and war to fan out across the globe and witness a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event.
Is it true that a high alumni giving percentage enhances WC’s national ranking?
It’s true! Graduates who give back to their alma mater send a strong message to external reviewers and potential applicants that Washington College is a worthy investment. High alumni participation can also increase the likelihood of government grant approval. And at WC, it can earn your class a trophy through the Count Me In Campaign.
When I make a gift at The 1782 Society Level ($1500+), am I supporting The Washington Fund?
That depends. The 1782 Society is a community of donors who have given a total of $1,500 or more to any designation at Washington College during one fiscal year — July 1 to June 30. Every gift to the College is deeply appreciated, though many 1782 Society members choose to give all or a portion of their contribution to The Washington Fund because it benefits all students.
What is the endowment?
The Washington College Endowment is comprised of diversely invested funds that were donated for general operations or a specific purpose, like a scholarship or professorship. The current approved Endowment Spending Rate is 5% of the average market value unless other instructions were specified by the donor. These annual funds support each and every student’s education.