Wondering why so many seniors are sporting white "T 2011" hats? The sudden appearance of these hats on campus is due to a major effort by this year's seniors, who are raising funds to create the Class of 2011 Scholarship Fund to aid incoming Trinity students who would otherwise be unable to afford the full cost of a Trinity education.
Senior Class Gift Committee Co-Chair Josh Growney-Levison ’11 explains, "After spending four great years at Trinity, we're enthusiastic about giving back to a place that has meant so much to us." He says there is no shortage of competitive spirit, with a goal to beat the record, set by the Class of 2006, of 96 percent senior class giving participation. "We are currently over 50 percent and anticipate many more seniors getting involved after our Senior Salute April 19."
Participating seniors receive a hat upon making a gift of $10 or more on Tcommerce or at special events the committee has organized, such as the recent Bistro Pub Night. Trinity Trustee Emily Latour Bogle '79 is also encouraging seniors with a pledge to match every gift 2:1, plus she will make an additional $5,000 gift to the Class of 2011 Scholarship Fund, contingent on the senior class achieving 90 percent participation.
The senior class giving participation has reached or exceeded 90 percent the past five years, and the Class of 2011 could be the sixth one in a row to hit that level. The Class has already achieved a record for new members joining Trinity's Long Walk Societies: 51 seniors have each made leadership gifts of $100 or more, enabling them to join the Long Walk Societies, established by the College in 1992 to recognize and thank leadership donors through special Trinity events and communications.
The Senior Class Gift committee members are: Rebecca Cohn, Kate Cummings, Josh Growney-Levison, Rebecca Savage
For more information, contact Matt Glasz ’04, assistant director of annual giving, at (860) 297-5334 or Matthew.Glasz@trincoll.edu.