This year’s graduates showed some real class.
The 2019 graduating seniors earmarked their senior class gift for the Libraries Tomorrow Fund, which provides additional monies for the University of Texas Libraries.
Students were encouraged by their peer leaders at the Texas Student Foundation to donate a gift in the amount of $20.19 for the class gift through the university’s crowdfunding platform, Hornraiser. To date, the gift has raised over $34,000 from more than 850 students and library supporters.
The senior class gift effort was renewed by the University Development Office in 2018 to encourage a culture of philanthropy among the student population on campus. The concept of a student gift first emerged in 1924 when the graduating class organized to raise $100,000 for the construction of a football stadium. This year’s campaign was managed with the newly-formed Texas Student Foundation, composed of class leaders, who spent the fall surveying students to see where they thought the class gift should be donated.
“I chose to give to the 2019 Senior Class Gift because our libraries offer resources to continue to make our school and its students even better — from the places to study to the research articles available online, it all enriches the Longhorn experience,” said Madeline Nassif, vice president of development for the Student Foundation.
Additional gifts can still be made at the Texas Student Foundation’s Hornraiser page.