Westminster College's GIVE Westminster Student Philanthropy Program to Host G.I.V.E. Day

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Student Philanthropy Program will host G.I.V.E. Day Thursday, Feb. 14, from 3-6 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of McKelvey Campus Center.

What students and their families pay to attend Westminster covers about 70 percent of the actual cost.  A significant portion of the balance is covered by contributions to The Westminster Fund from generous alumni and friends.

G.I.V.E. Day (Give. Involve. Value. Engage.), also known as "Tuition Freedom Day," is the day of the year when tuition coverage ends and giving from alumni and friends covers the remainder of the cost. Students will be encouraged to:

  • Give financially.  Make Westminster a philanthropic priority when they become alumni.
  • Involve yourself with your time and talent.
  • Value your degree and protect your personal investment.
  • Engage with students, fellow alumni, and Westminster students throughout your lifetime. 

The event is coordinated by the Office of Institutional Advancement as part of GIVE Westminster (The student philanthropy program at Westminster College) and includes a number of activities:

  • "Play It Forward" video showcase and awards will highlight thank-you videos to alumni created by the campus community
  • Door Decorating Contest awards will be given for the most popular door voted on by the campus community
  • Write a thank-you postcard to alumni
  • Meet and mingle with Board of Trustee and Alumni Council members 

Students will have the opportunity to sign their class banner, take photo booth pictures with friends, and enjoy music, food, and giveaways.

"Our goal is to engage the entire campus community in the education and encouragement of students in the development of attitudes of philanthropic awareness and service through the investment of time, talent, and financial resources," said Kelli McKee, director of the Westminster Fund.  "We hope to create a culture and community of pride, loyalty, and philanthropy among current Westminster students that strengthens, deepens, and intensifies as they transition to the ranks of Westminster alumni."

Contact McKee at (724) 946-6995, email, or visit www.westminster.edu/giveday for additional information. 

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Westminster College students sign thank-you postcards to alumni on G.I.V.E. Day