Class of 2015 gives back before they go

5/14/2015

The Grove City College Class of 2015 will endow a scholarship as its class gift, continuing a philanthropic tradition that allows each class to leave a legacy behind when they graduate.

The Class of 2015 Scholarship Endowment will fund in perpetuity a financial award for an incoming freshman who shows both financial need and demonstrates academic excellence with a high school grade point average of 3.7 or higher. The gift was determined by a vote of the Class of 2015.

Senior class officers working with Grove City College’s Office of Development provide fundraising leadership for the gift throughout the spring semester at campus events and through personal solicitations. Their efforts over the course of the academic year netted $32,485 for the scholarship endowment with nearly 54 percent of the class contributing, a number that exceeded expectations and is pretty amazing for a group of students that are just getting started in their lives and careers, according to Holly Pipher, director of the College’s Annual Fund.

“The senior class gift tradition promotes a philanthropic spirit among graduating students by providing them a great opportunity to start their legacy of giving to the College. Through a collective effort to give back to their alma mater, Grove City College seniors leave behind a bit of their own personality and take their first steps toward becoming proud alumni,” Pipher said.

“The officers of the Class of 2015 – Class President Ethan Witmer, Senior Senator of Social Affairs Wesley Suplit , Senior Senator of Marketing and Communications Kelly Nuemann, Senior Senator of Student Affairs Danielle Medheim and Senior Senator of Academic Affairs Jenny Spangler – did an outstanding job motivating their classmates, families and the campus community,” Pipher said. “The money they raised will help a worthy student in need enjoy the great opportunity that Grove City College offers its students and alumni.”

Past senior class gifts have included campus improvements and scholarship endowments, which are a key focus of Grove City Matters: A Campaign to Advance Grove College, a $90 million capital campaign that also funds campus facilities, innovative educational outreach and other priorities. For more on Grove City Matters: www.grovecitymatters.com.
The senior class gift tradition promotes a philanthropic spirit among graduating students by providing them a great opportunity to start their legacy of giving to the College.