When asked to give something back to the College that they would soon leave, members of the class of 2007 took the charge to heart. They raised more than $30,000, the largest senior class gift in more than a decade, to create an endowed scholarship fund.
“When the senior class gift co-chairs came to me with their vision for this scholarship, they were very specific about what they wanted,” says Jon Urish’96, senior associate director of admissions and financial aid. “They asked that this scholarship would reduce the loan portion of the recipient’s financial aid package and that priority for the scholarship be given to students who demonstrate strong financial need and are either a member of an underrepresented group on campus or the first generation of their family to attend college.”
“Our fellow seniors met the fundraising challenge with enthusiasm and determination,” says Rich Kasper’07 (Beloit, Wis.), class gift co-chair. “We also extended the offer to our families and have been very pleased with their response.”
“We are thrilled to leave behind a legacy that will provide scholarships to benefit future generations of underrepresented students,” says Nick Wolf’07 (River Hills, Wis.), class gift co-chair.
“This extraordinary gift will continue campus-wide efforts to foster racial diversity and respect, and reflects highly on the class of 2007,” states President Burris. “It is a testament to their commitment to Beloit.”