The Student Philanthropy Committee is recruiting members to help choose the senior class gift.
The committee will pick designations to be voted on to be the senior gift. The committee also is responsible for fundraising, promoting and collecting donations.
“So far, we’ve done different recruitment events for Stu Phil trying to get new members,” said Shannon McKenrick, entertainment business senior and president of Student Philanthropy Committee. “We’ve appeared at a couple different senior seminars, trying to get some seniors involved for senior class gift.”
Everyone who donates to the senior gift is allowed to vote on how the money will be used. The designation with the most votes will receive all of the money.
Carrie Sauer, director of annual giving and faculty adviser to the Student Philanthropy Committee, encourages students to join the organization.
“There’s lots of different opportunities to get involved that don’t have to be very time-consuming,” Sauer said.
The senior class of 2017 gave the largest gift in three years. Seventy-two seniors contributed about $1,600, which, when combined with a match from President Robert Henry and a subsequent $50 donation, totaled at more than $3,000.
The seniors voted to donate the money to the General Scholarship Fund, which is an unrestricted fund used for a variety of scholarships.
Seniors have used the money, in previous years, to donate to scholarship funds, build the fountain outside Alvin’s Café and build the wall on the east side of Clara E. Jones Administration Building.