Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Student Alumni Association recently completed a record Senior Signature fundraising campaign, donating $90,516-the highest total in Senior Signature history.
The Senior Signature campaign gives graduating students the opportunity to donate to a school, college, department or scholarship on campus that has significantly improved their collegiate experiences. Participating students’ names will be included on the Class of 2015 Senior Signature plaque that will be installed in UGA’s Tate Center Plaza prior to spring Commencement on May 8.
The concept for the campaign stems from a student-led fundraising effort that was launched in 1920. Of every $50 Senior Signature gift, $20 goes to the Georgia Fund, which supports UGA Alumni Association programming and critical areas such as scholarships, endowed professorships, graduate fellowships and international study. An estimated $36,000 of this year’s Senior Signature total was given to the Georgia Fund.
The Class of 2014 donated 1,264 gifts for a grand total of $63,000. This year, both giving and total amount raised increased by 43 percent, with 1,807 graduating students participating.
“UGA’s Senior Signature program is a point of pride and the student gifts can go anywhere on campus,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, UGA’s executive director of alumni relations. “This year’s campaign saw donations for 63 different schools, colleges, departments, academic programs, scholarships and more. We could not be more proud of our students beginning their philanthropic legacy, which will build a culture of giving.”
Heath Robinson will graduate in May and served as the Class of 2015 Senior Signature Committee chairman.
“We had a much greater turnout than expected,” Robinson said. “Seeing my friends and peers excited about giving to UGA shows their willingness to give back to a school that has served them the past four years.”
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UGA Alumni Association
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The Student Alumni Association offers UGA students the opportunity to network and engage with UGA alumni. Programs such as Dinner with a Dozen Dawgs, G Book, Freshman Welcome, and graduation activities are coordinated by and for SAA participants. To join the SAA, see www.alumni.uga.edu/saa.