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Your gift to the Annual Fund supports every student at Rhodes. Because of the support of the Rhodes Community, Rhodes is made more affordable for our talented and diverse student body with need and merit-based financial aid, and faculty members are aided in ability to research and to travel to professional enhancement opportunities. While studying on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, Rhodes students have opportunities to explore and participate in student organization and activities on campus, and study in the incredible Paul Barret, Jr. Library.

Visit the Rally for Rhodes webpage to learn more about how important every gift is to the College.

Thank you for your support.

Margaret Trahern ’21

From Rhodes’ founding in 1848 into the 1880s, the college was strictly an all-male institution. By the late 19th century, a few females—daughters of chancellors and faculty members—were permitted to attend classes, but could not take exams or receive diplomas. But when Dr. Charles E. Diehl became president, things began to change, and fast. In 1917, with World War I in full swing, women were admitted into the college on an equal basis with men. Four years later, Margaret Trahern ’21 became the first woman in the college’s history to receive a diploma. Now, Rhodes welcomes the first woman to serve as our president, Dr. Marjorie Hass.