Pay It Forward Day—celebrated annually on April 28—is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world. We believe that small acts, when multiplied by hundreds of people can change the world for the better!

At Wheaton, our Pay It Forward Challenge begins on April 22 to commemorate the day that Wheaton Female Seminary opened its doors to its first 50 students. Since that day 186 years ago, Wheaton’s mission to provide a transformative liberal arts education in a diverse world has been shaped by many changemakers. This year we celebrate four Wheaton changemakers whose acts around key initiatives have created a huge ripple effect that is still being felt by today’s Wheaton community.

Wheaton’s 2021 Pay It Forward Honorees