Senior Class Giving - 2013 Class Gift: The Griffin O'Brien Scholarship Fund
What Is the Senior Class Gift?
First of all, it’s not a bench. It’s an annual tradition developed by students as a way for the Senior Class to leave behind their legacy. You don’t have to be an alum to give to Emerson; giving starts now. The Senior Gift is a way for us to begin the tradition of our class’s philanthropy, to better the Emerson experience for future students, and to keep what we loved about Emerson alive.
This year, an overwhelming number of seniors came forward expressing the desire for the class gift to honor Griffin O’Brien. After his passing, his family created a scholarship at Emerson in celebration of his life and talent. We were all deeply impacted by the sudden loss of our fellow classmate, and what better way to honor such an amazing student than to celebrate him as a class. He was a comedic force and a valued member of not just our class, but of our entire Emerson community. Therefore, the 2013 Senior Class Gift will be directed towards the Griffin O’Brien Scholarship.
Reasons to Give
- A generous gift allows future Emersonians to have the experiences you did. Or maybe even better experiences
- A gift of any size leaves a lasting legacy, but a huge gift can make you legendary. Wouldn’t you want to be part of the class that gave a baller gift?
- It honors one of our own.
How to Give
Unsure of how much to give? Here are some ideas:
- Give $20.13 to honor our class
- Give $100 to join the President’s Society and receive invitations to networking events with successful alumni across the country. You may be thinking, “Whoa! I don’t have 100 bucks to give!” but it’s totally feasible! You can give in installments, making incremental payments until June 1. If you start by giving on February 1, that’s only $25 a month. All gifts made by June 30 will count toward the Senior Class Gift.
- Give what you can. It really isn’t about how much people give, but how many people give. If every 2013 Senior (including those who graduated in December and those who expect to graduate over the summer) gave $10, we would raise $10,580 for the gift, which would be roughly two times what the 2012 Senior Gift made last year!
There are three ways to make your gift:
- Mail: 2012 Senior Class Gift, 120 Boylston Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02116
- Phone: Lindsey Athansiou at 617-824-8240
- Questions? e-mail: EmersonCollege.4.Life@gmail.com
Note: You can make your gift in installments. Gifts must be received and paid in full by June 30, 2012. Any amount will make a difference.
Celebrate the Gift
- Go to Senior Gift events during the semester and senior week.
- Talk about the gift and encourage your classmates to give.
- Talk to your parents, parents can give, too, and even opt to put their contribution under their student’s name. And that means it would go under your giving history. Find out if your parents’ companies match gifts.
WHAT your gifts enable Emerson to do
Enroll the most talented students by offering competitive financial aid packages and an outstanding, hands-on educational experience.
Increase diversity on campus, and ultimately in the industry, by providing scholarships to promising students who would otherwise be unable to attend.
Recruit and retain a world-class faculty by providing ongoing professional development and research opportunities.
Fund special student opportunities, from the cherished EVVY Awards and Kasteel Well study abroad program in the Netherlands to our 2008 media coverage of the Beijing Olympics, and the nation's best campus radio station, WERS 88.9 FM.
Maintain superb resources, including a well-stocked library and state-of-the-art production facilities and studios.
Attract additional funding from corporations and foundations, many of which consider the percentage of alumni, parents, faculty, and staff who donate when deciding whether or not to make a gift.