Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
On April 23, Honorary Trustee David Deming '75 issued a weeklong challenge to the Graduates of the Last Decade to encourage giving to the Colleges in a way that will also provide direct support to up to 10 HWS students. He has been thrilled with the progress of his Scholarship Challenge so far - more than 250 gifts have been made in one week!
Deming has agreed to fund a $5,000 scholarship for every 60 gifts that are made - that means that collectively the Graduates of the Last Decade have secured four scholarships already. The Scholarship Challenge continues today until midnight! Help keep working to changes lives.
"The Scholarship Challenge, through the generosity of Mr. Deming, has the potential to award up to 10 scholarships for HWS students," says Caroline Whelan, Stewardson Society adviser and Graduates of the Last Decade liaison. "These students will have the opportunity to experience the Quad, the professors, the classes, the benches on the lake, the community-everything HWS has to offer. The Graduates of the Last Decade have an opportunity to make a huge impact through this challenge, and change lives."
Alums, who graduated between 2004 and 2013, and who have already given to the Colleges this fiscal year (since July 1, 2013) are asked to encourage gifts from members of their classes who have not yet done so through posts on social media, emails, web links and personal encouragement.
"We have so many reasons to be proud of the Graduates of the Last Decade," says Deming. "They took advantage of every opportunity the Colleges offered and have pursued lives of consequence. I hope to inspire them to provide continued opportunities for future generations of students."
Generous in his support of the Colleges, Deming has for several years issued challenges to members of the graduating classes, inspiring record levels of participation in Senior Gift drives and membership in the Stewardson Society. He served on the Colleges Board of Trustees from 2000 through 2012, as chair for his last six years. He was named an Honorary Trustee in 2013.
Donations may be made online: www.hws.edu/onlinegiving.
To view updates of the challenge visit www.hws.edu/challenge