University of Findlay’s Graduating Class Philanthropy Honor Cord Program again broke records this academic year, with more seniors than ever embracing the institution’s giving culture.
This year, 247 gifts were made to the Graduating Class Gift Findlay Forward Scholarship, 225 philanthropy cords were earned, and a total of $5,077 was raised. During the previous academic year, 202 financial gifts were received, 186 wore cords at commencement, and $4,200 was raised.
This year’s scholarship will be awarded to a College of Education student with financial need. Rising to the Challenge, a 3-point basket shooting contest held at halftime during a men’s basketball game, takes place each year with representatives from each of the University’s six colleges. The competition decides to which academic area the scholarship will be distributed.
The national Philanthropy Honor Cord Program, which was adopted at UF in 2016, includes financial, educational, and service components by requiring community service, contribution to the class gift of at least the amount the year totals ($20.19), and attendance at a philanthropic learning event. This effort is in keeping with UF’s altruistic mission that is instilled in students from the start, with events offered such as orientation service projects, Oilers Serving Abroad trips, and numerous service learning opportunities.