Nathan Hale Associates

The Nathan Hale Associates program, founded in 1994, recognizes the many generous donors whose leadership annual gifts make possible the dynamic, diverse, and creative environment that defines the Yale experience.

Nathan Hale Associates Scholarships and Fellowships

With a gift of $10,000 or more you have the opportunity to name a one-year scholarship to benefit a Yale College student. An annual gift of $5,000 or more to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences enables you to name a graduate student fellowship. As a Nathan Hale Associates scholarship donor, you may choose to connect with the student who benefits from the scholarship or fellowship you have named.

Nathan Hale Associates Giving Levels

All alumni, parents, students, and friends are invited to join the Nathan Hale Associates in the following giving categories:

Nathan Hale Leaders Circle  
  • Fourth Century Associates $100,000 and above
  • Elihu Yale Associates $50,000 – $99,999
  • Woodbridge Associates $25,000 – $49,999
Hillhouse Associates $15,000 – $24,999
Sterling Associates $10,000 – $14,999
Harkness Associates $5,000 – $9,999
Woolsey Associates $1,000 – $4,999*
*Yale College classes up to four years following graduation qualify at $250; Yale College classes five to nine years following graduation qualify at $500.

Nathan Hale: Yale Graduate, American Hero

A member of Yale College’s Class of 1773, Nathan Hale served as a Revolutionary War soldier in Cambridge, New York, and New London. He eventually volunteered to be a spy for General George Washington.

Disguised as a schoolmaster, he made his way into the British camps in Brooklyn and New York. Hale was soon recognized and arrested behind enemy lines. His papers were found in his shoes, among them his Yale diploma. Before being executed on September 22, 1776, he uttered his last words: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”