10 May 2024 Scholarship Day of Donors Exceeds Goals

In its second year, the Scholarship Day of Donors receives gifts from more than 500 alumni, parents, families and students, contributing nearly $370,000.

This year, the Scholarship Day of Donors once again received gifts from more than 500 alumni, parents, families and students who joined forces to raise crucial funds for scholarship support. Together, they contributed nearly $370,000, creating an immediate impact on student success. Each $25,000 raised during the challenge established a new Scholarship Day of Donors Annual Fund Scholarship, ready to make a difference in the upcoming academic year.

During the Scholarship Day of Donors celebration, students write personal thank you notes to faculty and staff on campus.

John Manley ’64, P’93 continued his generous sponsorship by matching the first $50,000 given, doubling the impact of donors’ gifts. Additionally, an anonymous donor contributed $25,000 after 500 donors participated. More than 125 parents also played a pivotal role, leading to a special treat—an ice cream food truck sponsored by the Parents Executive Committee during “Paws for a Break” in the last week of classes.

Aside from the fundraising success, students took the opportunity to express their gratitude by writing notes to faculty and staff who have left a positive impact on their HWS journey. Hundreds of these heartfelt notes were displayed in the Scandling Campus Center, reflecting the appreciation across campus. These notes will be delivered to their recipients as the semester wraps up. Additionally, the virtual HWS Gratitude Wall collected tributes to faculty members, including our retiring faculty members including Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Laurence Erussard, Professor of Environmental Studies John Halfman, Professor of Sociology Jack Harris P’02, P’06, Professor of History Clif Hood, Professor of Sociology Wes Perkins and Professor of Biology James Ryan.

FURTHER TOGETHER: The Campaign for Our Third Century

Vice President of Advancement Bob O'Connor emphasized the significance of Scholarship Day of Donors in engaging students. “Scholarship Day of Donors is also an opportunity to communicate to current students how important stewardship is in supporting our vibrant community,” he says. “Behind every named scholarship is a donor whose generous giving and willingness to support future generations of HWS students has made opportunities possible.”

From academics to guaranteed internships to scholarships, every aspect of the student experience is enhanced thanks to Annual Fund giving. To learn more, visit: https://www.hws.edu/alum/annual-fund.aspx