It is a tradition at Meredith for the senior class to raise money to support a project on campus as a way to give back to their alma mater. After careful consideration of the current needs on campus, the senior class decided to raise money for the Student Emergency Fund for the Chaplain’s Office. The goal was $2,020 and currently, the class has raised $3,791.60, far exceeding their goal.
The Student Emergency Fund allows students to access up to $150 a semester in cases of emergencies; an unexpected flight home, an emergency medical bill, a replacement for necessary technology, and more. Students can reach out directly to the Chaplain if they have a need for emergency funds. The goal for the Class of 2020 was to re-establish this fund to help students in this current time of need, as well as to support students in the future.
“Rather than forgoing 2020’s Senior Class Gift due to the global pandemic, we decided to rely on Meredith's rich history of philanthropy to raise money for a necessary campus project,” said Meg Sink, ʼ18, assistant director of The Meredith Fund. “We quickly changed directions from a grounds need to the more pressing need of the Student Emergency Fund. This change ensured that students who need help can be supported by their institution.”
In addition, two alumnae donors pledged to give $500 each to the Student Emergency Fund if the Class of 2020 met their goal of $2,020. Their $1,000 challenge gift was their way of showing their support to the senior class and to a fund that was important to them.