An Evening for Scholarships Raises $390,000 to Support Students

March 27, 2015 | by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Elmhurst College’s Sixth Annual Evening for Scholarships raised a record $390,000, nearly all of which will go toward funding scholarships for Elmhurst students.

As Elmhurst College’s premier fundraising event devoted to scholarships, this year’s Evening for Scholarships, held on March 14, raised $40,000 more than last year. Ninety-four percent of the funds raised will go directly to student scholarships.

“Student scholarships are one of the most important things our donors can support. It was great for all of us associated with Elmhurst College to see our alumni and friends invest so generously in our students,” said Joseph Emmick, vice president for development and alumni relations.

“The return on that investment is clear: A scholarship makes a difference in a student’s ability to attend Elmhurst and earn a values-based education that combines a rigorous academic program with real-world experiences. Elmhurst College graduates make our world a better place.”

Thirty students attended and served as ambassadors at the Evening for Scholarships, which offered a number of fun and meaningful ways to support Elmhurst students.

Scholarships are a significant source of support for Elmhurst students—99 percent of all students enrolled at Elmhurst in the 2013-2014 academic year received some form of financial aid. An Evening for Scholarships has grown each year since its founding in 2010, and so far has raised more than $1.5 million for Elmhurst students.

“Events like this are only as good as the volunteers, and the volunteers are only as good as their leadership,” Emmick said. “We have been blessed with outstanding volunteers and volunteer leaders every year.”

That tradition continued this year, with Russell and Joyce Weigand serving as co-chairs of the event. “Russ and Joyce are passionate about Elmhurst College and our students,” Emmick said. “Their passion was contagious and drove our success.”

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