Class of 2011 Breaks Records for Both Participation and Amount of Senior Gift

Posted May 19th, 2011 at 11:23 am.

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe with Senior Class Co-presidents Sam Salazar and Lindsey Turr during the presentation of the senior gift at the Commencement Convocation

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe with Senior Class Co-presidents Sam Salazar and Lindsey Turr during the presentation of the senior gift at the Commencement Convocation

The Class of 2011 delivered a record-breaking senior gift to the Bryn Mawr College Annual Fund this year. More than 260 students, representing 84 percent of the Class of 2011, made their first gifts to the College, raising more than $5,700.

The Class of 2011 co-presidents, Sam Salazar ’11 and Lindsey Turr ’11, presented the senior gift to President McAuliffe during the Commencement Convocation on Friday, May 13.  The Class of 2011 now holds the record for senior-gift participation, surpassing the Class of 2010’s 80 percent, and the record for dollars raised, surpassing the Class of 2009’s total by $1,000.

The goal of the senior-gift program is to begin establishing the healthy habit of giving back to the College before graduation.  This year’s senior-gift committee, led by co-chairs Ellie Caniglia ’11 and Sarah Gelfand ’11, consisted of 17 students who worked yearlong to educate their classmates on the importance of the annual fund and the tradition of philanthropy that has sustained Bryn Mawr throughout its 125-year history.

To make a gift to the annual fund, visit www.brynmawr.edu/makeagift.  This year, an anonymous challenger will contribute an additional $125,000 to support scholarships and financial aid if 757 individuals make gifts to the annual fund in April and May. Why 757?  That’s the number of students who depend on financial aid to attend Bryn Mawr.  For more information about this challenge, please visit the 757 Challenge webpage.

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