April 27, 2022, was Oregon State University’s third annual Day of Giving, “Dam Proud Day,” and the Honors College raised $51,839, the eighth most on campus among the more than 50 participating units. Eighty-nine donors made gifts, exceeding the college’s goal of 75 for the day, and the total contributions surpassed the money raised in 2021.
“This is yet another amazing day for the Honors College,” says Dean Toni Doolen. “I am blown away by the support of the honors community.”
All donations were in support of Differential Tuition Scholarships for honors students. Differential tuition primarily funds honors coursework and student programming, making many of the unique elements of the Honors College possible. Each year, returning honors students can apply for a Differential Tuition Scholarship to help offset this cost, which is currently $1,500 each year.
By meeting this year’s goal of 75 contributions, the college unlocked over $30,000 in challenge gifts donated by honors alumni, families, staff and faculty:
- The Alumni Challenge, created by Eric, ’00, and Heather MacKender; Karen Bolin, ’82; and Duane, ’77, and Rebecca Coen
- The Deans and Faculty Challenge, created by Joe Hendricks and Hazel Reeves; Dan and Wanda Arp; Toni, Ph.D. ’01, and Erick Doolen; Kerry Ahearn; and Jim and Bonnie Krueger
- The Parent Challenge, created by Susan Lair and Douglas Trobough; Dan, ’81, and Margaret Porth; Jill and Randy Thomas; Kevin and Anne Spencer; and Michael and Suzy Cordisco
“We saw gifts from every constituency in the Honors College – alumni, faculty and staff, family and even students – and we have increased fundraising in each Day of Giving,” says Toni. “That kind of commitment really demonstrates the depth of the support for the college and honors students. I can’t wait to see what we do next year.”