The Trailblazers / At Salem


Four years before the Declaration of Independence was signed, Trailblazing Women travelled The Great Wagon Road, from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, to create what now is the oldest educational institution for girls and women in America:  Salem Academy & College.


That was in 1772.  Now, almost 250 years later, times have changed, but not the need for Trailblazers.


Today, Salem is launching the Trailblazers at Salem, a new program to honor and recognize women who have met and faced challenges of one kind or another or served as leadership role models for young girls in a fast-changing world.


Trailblazers of Salem will be named on a Wall of Honor (possibly in Single Sisters House, the oldest building for the continuous use for the education of women), highlighted on Salem’s website, and thanked for helping Salem continue to be the #1 Women’s College and the #2 Small College in North Carolina and for helping a growing number of first generation students and students of diverse backgrounds attend college.


Tax-deductible gifts of $100,000 or more secure Trailblazers at Salem recognition.  Thanks to a donor commitment, memberships secured this year—by Dec. 31, 2018—will be listed as Founding Members of the Trailblazers at Salem. All gifts will be eligible for the BB&T match of $2 million toward the Step Up for Salem Campaign to raise $10 million this year.


Not only will membership gifts help Salem students navigate a new world, it will help solidify Salem’s commitment to strengthen its financial future, follow its new robust strategic plan, leverage its new Center for Women in Entrepreneurship and Business in downtown Winston-Salem and the Lucy Rose Center for Global Leadership and Innovation on campus.


When this recognition program secures its initial funding, it will be promoted publicly.  For example, life stories will be compiled of each member, along with appropriate photographs, and featured prominently on The Trailblazers page of the website.  Full funding of the program will allow Salem to bring to campus noted trailblazing women from around the country or world to address attendees and the community at The Trailblazers Convening, planned to be annually, and to interact with leading students.  Members will be recognized at each event.


A commitment form is enclosed for your convenience to become and/or recommend a member.  If you would like to discuss Trailblazers at Salem or to suggest others who might appreciate the opportunity for early inclusion, and to be Founders, please let us know.  While membership is not limited to alumnae, for those who are alumnae they will be identified by their Academy and/or College class year adjacent to their name.  Gifts also may be made to memorialize a Trailblazer, posthumously.

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