While many financial gifts come from those with well-established careers and incomes, the graduating class of 2016 is making an impact just as they begin their careers and seek job opportunities. They raised a total of $3,892 to establish the Findlay Fund Class of 2016 Scholarship for a University of Findlay student this fall.
“We have blossomed during our time at the University of Findlay with the assistance and support of scholarships that many of us received. Our contributions to this scholarship are an illustration of our gratitude for every donor who impacted us and our way of giving back to our University,” said Kayla Prater, senior class president and the chair of the graduating class gift committee, who presented a check to President Katherine Fell, Ph.D., at a reception for seniors and parents.
Raising more than $1,000 over their initial goal of $2,500, the graduating class of 2016 successfully established the Findlay Fund Class of 2016 Scholarship. Additionally, a new sense of identity was created for student donors by recognizing those who have contributed to the gift through the philanthropy cord. Worn at commencement, the philanthropy cord symbolizes philanthropic pride. Across the country, many institutions of higher education have the opportunity for students to receive this symbol of civic engagement within the university or the community. At the University of Findlay, to wear the green cord at commencement, members of the graduating class gave to the scholarship, volunteered in the Findlay and Hancock County community and attended an event or informational session regarding giving back.
In total, 163 students participated in the graduating class gift this year to create the scholarship. During the commencement ceremonies this spring, 114 students received their diploma proudly wearing the philanthropy cord they earned.
“We always say our students are the essence of what makes this university special,” said President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “From their first day as Oilers at orientation to their last day walking out of the arch at commencement, our most successful students are driven with a philanthropic spirit that will make a tremendous difference in this world.”
As they begin their careers and continue to build meaningful lives, the graduating class of 2016 can proudly look back at their gift to remember they can always make a positive difference in every situation.