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Student 4 Student scholarships awarded for 2013

Posted: Apr 05, 2013

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April 4, 2013 — designated as Tuition Free Day — provided one more opportunity for Olivet to celebrate the generosity of our students and alumni. Student 4 Student hosted a spirit-themed breakfast dinner, along with a rousing “Wheel of Fortune” game, for students in Ludwig Center that day.

Since 2009, 50-year reunion classes have been coming alongside current Olivet classes. This commitment includes praying for class members, marching together at Commencement and helping to fund Student 4 Student scholarships.

Four previous graduating classes (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and four 50-year reunion classes (1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966) have joined together to make an impact on the scholarship money that is available to Olivet students.

Because of this combined generosity, a $500 scholarship was presented to a member of each of Olivet’s current classes during the chapel service on April 3, 2013:

Megan Olson (freshman, Sandwich, Ill.), presented by Dianne (Yochim) Ferris on behalf of the Class of 1966

Brandon Brown (sophomore, St. Louis, Mo.), presented by Jim Tripp on behalf of the Class of 1965

Alyssa Alt (junior, Adrian, Mich.), presented by Abraham Mathai on behalf of the Class of 1964

Dana Peterson (senior, Rockton, Ill.), presented by Marlene (Baughman) Hayes on behalf of the Class of 1963

“These scholarships represent the many sacrificial gifts Olivet receives to support our students’ educational experience,” said Jean Martin ’72, director of annual giving.

Through Student 4 Student, current Olivet students pool their resources with gifts from their peers to create new scholarships for one another. Students give toward the initiative in practical ways, such as collecting extra change in a jar on the dresser; forfeiting one latte per month and redirecting their funds to help fellow students; participating in service projects and Student 4 Student-sponsored events throughout the year.

The size of a student’s gift doesn’t matter as much as the number of students who participate. The 50-year reunion class from each graduating year is asked to match student gifts, potentially doubling, tripling or even quadrupling the impact.

Olivet’s Student 4 Student emphasis is now part of the Student Philanthropy Council. Jenny Schoenwetter (senior, Le Roy, Ill.) currently serves as council president.
 
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