Hays Challenge Will Bolster Scholarships

by Jim Amidon

December 20, 2007

There is a special reason for Wabash alumni and friends to increase their support and help grow the Annual Fund to $2.85 million by June 30, 2008 and $3 million by June 30, 2009. In fact, there are 1.1 million reasons!

President Patrick White has announced the Hays Challenge, an opportunity to rally the Annual Fund to new heights. If by the end of the 2009 fiscal year, Wabash grows the Annual Fund to $3 million in unrestricted support for Wabash students, alumnus Tom Hays ’55 will give $1.1 million to bolster the Wabash scholarship endowment.

"We don’t want to rest on our current strengths," the President said. "We want to position ourselves to grow the Annual Fund to new successes in the next two years. We will demonstrate how the collective Wabash community can come together and continue to take responsibility for the dreams we outline for Wabash students in the College’s next strategic plan."

The intermediate goal will be to reach $2.85 million for the current Annual Fund year, which ends June 30, 2008.

"Think about the impact your Annual Fund gift can have on Wabash men," President White added. "By increasing your gift by $50, $100, or $250, you can help grow the Annual Fund to $3 million by the end of fiscal 2009. Your generosity will ensure the additional $1.1 million gift."

The Hays Challenge gift could generate funds equivalent of two full tuition scholarships or 55 scholarships valued at $1,000 each year.

"Cut or calculate the numbers like you wish, but this is a great opportunity for Wabash and Wabash students, and a great opportunity for all of us to come together and do our part to make it happen," said White.

"I am grateful to Tom and Sue Hays for challenging our fellow alumni and friends to increase their support for Wabash students," said Dean for Advancement Joe Emmick ’92. "It is a great opportunity for us to band together; to demonstrate that there is strength in numbers."

Click here to make your increased Annual Fund gift in support of Wabash students and their experiences.


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