Challenge 2015: Senior class gift

As graduation approaches, various senior-oriented projects are underway.

One of them is the senior class gift project.

The purpose of this project is to encourage seniors to leave a monetary gift to the college that can be used for anything the college needs, and can be designated toward a specific purpose such as scholarships or sports teams, according to Valerie Lawson, senior director of develop­ment and Jen Boa, assistant director of annual giving, in an email.

Leaving a gift to the college upon gradu­ation demonstrates that our students believe in the importance and success of UVa-Wise,” Lawson and Boa said in an email.

This year’s project is named Challenge 2015, which is intended to encourage seniors to make a gift of $20.15, according to the project’s web page on the college website.

It’s important for seniors to un­derstand that a small gift made by a number of donors really adds up,” the email said.

In addition to just making a do­nation to the college, students are able to purchase certificates that can be personalized for anyone they wish.

The tradition of a senior class gift began in 2000,” Lawson and Boa said. “… Our goal has always been to inspire our seniors to accept the responsibility of being leaders as graduates of this institution.”

Interested students can make their donation directly on the project website, and can make a gift of any size they wish.

We encourage every senior to consider making a gift this year of any amount,” Lawson and Boa said. “There is no greater way to impact their own future than by making a gift that will make UVa-Wise stron­ger thus increasing the value of their own degree.”

As graduates enter the work world, they will have the financial means to pay it forward to make UVa-Wise stronger for those that follow in their footsteps, according to Lawson and Boa.

Our goal is to have 100 percent of the seniors making a commitment to their alma mater,” Lawson and Boa said.

Those in charge of the project hope to establish a Student Philan­thropy Council next year in order spread the word about leaving a leg­acy, according to Lawson and Boa.

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