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By Susan Anderson
As strangers became friends during St. Bonaventure University’s Welcome Days, the Class of 2021 showed the power of group generosity by pooling their dollars to fund scholarships for classmates.
Incoming freshmen received a dollar bill tucked inside their welcome packet, along with an invitation to return the dollar as a symbolic donation to The Bonaventure Fund.
The collective strength of many soon became evident as the number of donated dollars was tallied and two $250 scholarships were awarded during a random drawing.
“One dollar isn’t much on its own, but when everyone gives it really adds up,” said Alan Riddle, a development officer for the university’s Office of Annual Giving and coordinator of the initiative. “We wanted to illustrate to the students how giving together can make a difference in another person’s life.”
This year’s scholarship recipients are Gavin McIntosh, a sport studies major from Rochester, N.Y., and Drake Holmes, a computer science major from Erie, Pa.
“It’s great to be the recipient of a scholarship from my fellow Bonnies,” said McIntosh, who noted the “one for all and all for one” spirit of camaraderie he has already experienced within the Class of 2021.
Holmes agreed, saying it was gratifying to know that so many were willing to donate their dollar toward a scholarship.
“It is easy to throw away a dollar on pointless items, but to see it make a difference for one of your peers is very meaningful,” he said.
According to Riddle, The Bonaventure Fund is the primary vehicle used by alumni to support the university. More than 4,500 donors gave to the fund during the past fiscal year, with the majority of donations ranging from $65 to $100. These gifts provided financial assistance to 96 percent of Bona students. In addition, Riddle noted that contributions to the fund also helped to enhance student services and programs, create development opportunities for faculty, and infuse technology across campus.
“We want to make annual giving to The Bonaventure Fund the first choice for our donors,” said Riddle. “Showcasing the power of a gift to the fund with our freshman class is a good way to introduce them to the idea and to clarify where a donation goes and why it is needed.”
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