The Senior Class Gift


Seniors for the Trinity Fund is an annual fundraising initiative led by members of the ​Senior Class, which aims to make a positive impact on our College. Our goals this year include:

  • 60% participation
  • 150 Loyal Bantam pledges
  • ​50 Long Walk Societies members

Click here​ to make your Senior Class Gift now!

Become a Loyal Bantam by making your Trinity College Fund gift today and pledging to give the same amount each year for the next four years​. Click here for more information about the Loyal Bantam Club.

Join the Long Walk Societies of Trinity College (LWS) with a gift of $100 or more. Click here​ for more information about Trinity's most active and generous donors.​

For more information about the Senior Class Gift or about working with the Senior Class Gift Committee, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact:

Assistant Director of Annual Giving
(860) 297-4058
Trinity Commons - 124

Senior Class Gift​​ - FAQ

What is the Senior Class Gift?

The Senior Class Gift is a monetary contribution to the Trinity College Fund. When students participate in the Senior Class Gift, they come together to make a positive impact for their college and sustain the Trinity experience for future generations.

What exactly does the Trinity College Fund (TCF) do?

The Trinity College Fund (TCF) plays a vital role in making a Trinity education possible for today’s students. When we make a contribution, it impacts the entire Trinity community and has an immediate, tangible effect on campus. Tuition only covers about 80% of Trinity College’s costs. The Trinity Fund helps bridge the 20% gap. Without it, students would not be able to do the amazing things that contribute to a Trinity experience; the TCF helps support small class sizes, study abroad programs, sports teams, clubs and organizations, on-campus jobs… The list goes on and on. That is why it’s incredibly important to contribute to the TCF every year. Without its support, the things that make Trinity so exceptional simply would not be possible.

Why is the Senior Class Gift designated to the TCF?

Historically, it is difficult to find a single project that would both benefit the college and appeal to the entire senior class. What students in the past do agree upon is the importance of a Trinity education and experience. For each of us, there are many different facets to our Trinity experience that have a positive and lasting impact. The TCF supports nearly all aspects of the Trinity experience. By not designating our Senior Class Gift to one specific thing, it also allows us the flexibility to make our own decisions about our philanthropy if we choose to. 

But what if I want to target my money to something specific?

You can! Here’s how:

1) Make your donation to the TCF in honor of a particular professor, staff member, coach, or even a fellow student.

2) Designate your gift within the TCF by choosing one of the areas listed on the Trinity College Fund page​.

3) Make a restricted gift to a particular department or team.

4) Split your gift, and support the area about which you are passionate as well as the Trinity experience as a whole. Your entire gift will count toward the total Senior Class Gift.

Why should I give back when I already pay tuition or have student loans to repay?

Because, believe it or not, tuition does not represent the true cost of a Trinity education. Tuition only covers about 80% of the cost of a Trinity education, similar to most of our peer institutions. Gifts from alumni, parents, students, and friends help offset the costs of every student who attends Trinity. All Trinity undergraduates receive a “hidden” scholarship of roughly $12,000 – the difference between the amount of money Trinity charges and the actual cost to the college. Therefore, making your Senior Gift helps ensure that we can continue to offer future students the same unique educational experience that we enjoy.

Furthermore, alumni giving is a factor in the U.S. News & World Report ranking. Senior gifts are included in the alumni participation category. Want Trinity to improve in the rankings? Regularly giving to the Trinity Fund is one way to do it. If all seniors gave to the Senior Class Gift, and continued supporting the Trinity Fund every year, the college could go up about ten spots in the rankings.

What have other graduating classes done?

The Senior Class Gift is a strong Trinity tradition—for the past twelve years, Trinity seniors have achieved over 80% giving participation every year! Any gift made by a senior, from $5 to $100 and beyond, counts as participation for the Senior Class Gift.

How much should I give?

​We are asking each member of the Class of 2019 to participate to the extent that they are able. The recommended gift is $10. Many students give $20.19 in honor of our class year, while students who wish to be a Long Walk Societies member make a gift of $100 or more.

However, it’s important to understand what that gift means. This should not be the last time you give—Trinity students and faculty require yearly support. You may give $5, $20, $100 today, but remember that alumni support will always be needed to make sure Trinity students can prosper.

Can the gift come from my parents or grandparents?

Yes. The gift can come from any source as long as the donor makes the gift on your behalf (in other words, in your name) so you get the credit. They can go online to www.trincoll.edu/givingtotrinity.

What is the Loyal Bantam Club?

The Loyal Bantam Club recognizes committed donors whose annual gifts serve as the foundation for Trinity College’s growth. Gifts of every amount, to any area of the college, given by an individual for five or more consecutive fiscal years count toward Loyal Bantam participation. So for us—members of the Class of 2019—that’s in June 2024 at our 5-year College Reunion. Just check the box on the giving page to make your Loyal Bantam pledge.

I want to join the Long Walk Societies, but I can't give $100 right now. What can I do?

You can make your gift in monthly recurring installments. Just select the Scheduled Payments option on the giving page. As a member of the Long Walk Societies you will be invited to special receptions and events held throughout the country where you will be able to network with the college’s most generous and active supporters. 

What is the deadline to participate in the Senior Class Gift?

The absolute last day is May 17, which is the Friday before Commencement. But don’t put it off! Incentives will be available before this date.

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