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Seniors give back

Class of 2013 shows gratitude through 'Give Where You're Passionate' campaign


12:50 p.m., April 18, 2013--If you ask a University of Delaware senior to reflect on the most important part of their college experience, you will get a hundred different answers. One might talk about a professor or department that sparked their interest in a career. Another will mention a club through which they met an irreplaceable group of friends. 

Thanks to the 2013 Senior Class Gift campaign, members of the Class of 2013 can individually give back to areas that matter most to them – their major, department, student group, athletics or Greek Life. 

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“The Senior Class Gift campaign provides seniors with an opportunity to make their first contribution back to the University,” explained Scott Scheinberg, Senior Class Gift Council co-chair. 

“To me, this means giving back to certain programs and organizations that helped me develop as a student and as a person,” he said. “In turn, when I made my gift, it was in honor of individuals who guided me in my quest for my true identity."

To date, just over 365 seniors have contributed to the Senior Class Gift, raising more than $5,000.

“It is important for seniors to understand that the opportunities they were given during their time at UD were made possible by those who came before them and those who feel it is important to give to the University,” said senior Julie James. 

This year, a special competition, hosted by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, encourages donor participation because gifts cannot be made to individual Greek chapters. The Greek fraternity and sorority chapter that contributes the most money will receive a $1,000 check to be used at their discretion. The chapter that achieves the highest participation also will receive $100.

UD President Patrick Harker would like to extend a personal thanks to any senior who participates in the Senior Class Gift campaign. Seniors who makes a gift by May 10 will be invited to a barbeque at the president’s home on the last day of classes, Tuesday, May 14. Free food will be served. 

Seniors are encouraged to make their gift before May 10, but donations will continue to be accepted. Campaign totals will be announced at Commencement on May 25 at Delaware Stadium. 

For more information, to view the online honor roll, and to make a gift, visit 

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