New College Foundation raises record funds during 40th Clambake

Friends of New College and distinguished alums gathered on the Bayfront behind College Hall for the 40th annual Clambake, the College’s signature fundraising event. This year’s Clambake netted over $350,000 for student scholarships, besting last year’s event by more than $100,000.

“Thank you, everyone, for making this year’s Clambake such a success,” said MaryAnne Young, executive director of the Foundation. “Together, our community friends and alums rallied behind our goal of raising more money for scholarships than ever before. You made it happen!”

New College students Melissa Simmons, Alex Koutelias and Helen Jasper shared their experiences with donors at the 40th annual Clambake Nov. 1.
New College students Melissa Simmons, Alex Koutelias and Helen Jasper shared their experiences with donors at the 40th annual Clambake Nov. 1.

The fundraiser also had record attendance, with nearly 400 guests enjoying New England fare on the waterfront. Some of the talented students to whom New College recently awarded scholarships also attended, sharing their experiences with donors.

Among them was Alex Koutelias, a fourth-year international studies student and scholarship recipient. Koutelias received two scholarships: an academic prize and a study abroad award.

“It was because of the generosity of people like you that, in fall 2017, I had the privilege to study for five months in the city of The Hague,” Koutelias told the crowd. “Since I intend to pursue a career in arts management, interning at the International Network of Museums for Peace naturally made sense.”

Koutelias announced that the Master of International Arts Management program offered jointly through Southern Methodist University in Dallas, HEC Montréal, and SDA Bocconi School of Business in Milan had offered him a spot in its next cohort. He will spend four months in each city learning the skills necessary to one day lead his own arts organization.

“I feel beyond grateful to you all here today, the generous people who made an investment in my education, my development, and my future,” Koutelias concluded. “I stand in front of you today as a successful return on your investment.”

Foundation Executive Director Young noted donors gave more than $1 million for student scholarships during the most recent fiscal year. The record-breaking success of this year’s Clambake may set New College on course to reach the milestone once more.

For more information about scholarships, contact the New College Foundation at 941-487-4800 or via email at

Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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