F&M Stories

At Franklin & Marshall College, we connect our students with extraordinary opportunities so they can accomplish great things in their four years on campus. Here are just a few of their stories.


Two F&M Swimmers to Compete in Olympic Trials

Victory in the pool is often decided by one hundredth of a second. But for two Olympic hopefuls on the Franklin & Marshall College men's swim team, one year has arguably made all the difference. For senior Chris Schiavone, one gap year after high...

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'I'm So Grateful to Receive This Education and Have It Accessible to Someone Like Me'

Recent graduate Mackenzie Blackwell '21 shares how financial aid opened the door to a top-notch institution and supported her dream of pursuing judicial activism, rights-oriented and constitutional...Graduate shares how financial aid support from...

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Standing Out From the Crowd

Most people pursuing a career in the music industry would major in music or business. Franklin & Marshall College alumna Elena Robustelli '21 isn't most people. An American studies major and Judaic studies minor, Robustelli landed an internship with...

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Peer Health Educators Step Up to Support Student Wellness

A dedicated group of Franklin & Marshall College students is taking public health beyond the classroom, helping peers navigate wellness in a particularly challenging year. Five F&M students...Each F&M peer health educator (PHE) completes a twelve-hour,...

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'I See a Brighter Future for Myself'

Rising senior Thomas Downs Jr. shares how financial aid has impacted his dreams to pursue a career in school psychology or counseling psychology. Student shares how financial aid support from endowed scholarships has impacted his plans to pursue...

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Williamson Medalist Travels Thousands of Miles, Finds 'Second Home' at F&M

Leilani Ly, of Honolulu, Hawai'i, is this year's recipient of the Williamson Medal, the College's most prestigious award for student achievement. It has been awarded annually since 1922. She...Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on...

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'The World Needs Diplomats Like Never Before,' Speaker Tells Graduates

Franklin & Marshall College alumnus James The F&M College Class of 2021 celebrated commencement in an in-person and virtual ceremony held at Lancaster Clipper Stadium on May 15.

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As Commencement Approaches, Seniors Reflect

On May 15, the 592 students that comprise Franklin & Marshall College's Class of 2021 will depart campus – some physically, some virtually – with a perspective few preceding classes can claim....F&M seniors took time to reflect on their...

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Parents Donate Photographs Worth More Than $2.5 Million to the Phillips

It's been said a photo is worth a thousand words… but some photos are worth much more than words. Over the past two years, Dr. Stephen Nicholas and his wife, Eileen—parents of twins and Class of...Dr. Stephen Nicholas and wife donated photos...

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In Their Own Words: Students With Disabilities Share Perspectives

How is Franklin and Marshall College supporting students with disabilities? Four students share their experiences.

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Pulitzer Playwright Pieces Together 'My Broken Language'

It wasn't until graduate school that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes discovered her native tongue. It was there at Brown University that Paula Vogel, creative writing...Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes...

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‘Here We Live, Here We Grow’

Performances by sophomore cellist Elizabeth Chapman and junior vocalist Eva Hirsch accented a magnificent spring day April 23 as Franklin & Marshall College celebrated the dedication of the fifth and newest College House, as well as the philanthropy...

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