Friday, March 18, 2011

Gordon Celebrates the Generosity of Donors With Special Event March 23

Without the generosity of many friends of the College, a number of Gordon students would not be able to receive their education. As a way to acknowledge their impact, Gordon has planned a special day of celebration, March 23, 2011, on campus called Tuition Freedom Day. The event symbolizes the final day of the school year that students pay for their tuition, the balance being covered by the generosity of Gordon’s many donors.

The Gordon community will celebrate the second annual Tuition Freedom Day by writing thank you notes to donors and enjoying light refreshments in Gillies. The office of Alumni and Parent Relations hosts the event and the first 150 students to attend will receive a free Tuition Freedom Day tee-shirt (paid for by a donor).

“Only 58% of the total cost of tuition is paid for by students,” says Adrianne Cook, director of alumni and parent relations. “Without donor funding, students would pay significantly more towards tuition costs.”

One such program that supports this effort is the Partners Program. Founded in 1989 by 40 trustees and friends of the college, the Partners Program gives donated dollars directly to students who would not be here without additional monies. Currently, over 300 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college participate, giving to some 600 students in need of financial assistance each year. This years Partners Program fundraising goal is $1,000,000. For more information on the Partners Program or to give a gift towards the Partners Program click here.

“The Partners Scholarship has been crucial to my success at Gordon,” says Marianne Domingues ’11, a biology major from Metuchen, New Jersey. “The fact that others willingly provided aid for my education is both an encouragement and a beautiful demonstration of sharing Christ’s love through community.”

Domingues is just one of many Gordon students who are grateful for the willingness of others to lessen the financial burden of an education. According to Gordon’s major gifts officer Elsje Zwart, some partners recipients work as many as 35 hours per week and have exhausted every means of support available to them, yet still come up short of the finances they need to pay tuition.

“Celebrating Tuition Freedom Day is part of how we say thank you to donors,” says Zwart. “It’s also a way to educate students about the importance of giving back to the College and how they directly benefit from the generosity of others.”

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