Senior Class Giving

Senior Class Giving History at Elon University

Senior class giving has long been a tradition at Elon. Starting in the early 1900s, the senior class began to offer Elon College a parting gift, often directed towards beautification of the grounds. The senior class of 1900 planted a Norway maple tree on campus and the class of 1914 donated sixty silver maple trees to fill in bare spots on campus. The class of 1913 planted ivy around the trunk of the senior tree during a ceremony representing the purpose of leaving a living memento in Elon’s soil.*

The senior class giving campaign has been in its current form for the last 15 years, your contribution to the senior class giving campaign is an opportunity to leave your memento and invest in the area of Elon most important to you.

*Source: Elon College: It’s History and Traditions by Durward Stokes

1990: 32% senior participation; $6,200 raised to Leadership Scholarship fund
1991: 19% senior participation; $3,194 raised to endowment for library
1992: 23% senior participation; $7,813 raised to Emergency Loan Assistance Fund
1994: 10% senior participation; $2,700 raised to the Annual Fund
1995: 15% senior participation; $5,000 raised to the Annual Fund
1996: 31% senior participation; $10,583 raised to subsidize library renovations
1997: 27% senior participation; $7,450 raised to renovate Alamance rotunda
1998: 14% senior participation; $5,500 raised for the new stadium
1999: 12% senior participation; $3,655 raised to the Annual Fund
2000: 12% senior participation; $4,482 pledged
2001: 16% senior participation; $3,970 pledges to the Annual Fund
2002: 25% senior participation; $7,405 pledged to the Irwin Belk Track Archway
2003: 34.86% senior participation; $6,871 pledged to the Senior Class Scholarship and Elon Fund
2004: 36% senior participation; $5,640 raised to the Senior Class Scholarship
2005: 30% senior participation; $5,623 raised to the Senior Class Scholarship
2006: $28,245 raised to the Senior Scholarship Fund *first year students were solicited to make an honor gift
2007: $16,565 raised to the Class of 2007 Grant for Service Trips
2008: $18,008 raised to the Class of 2008 Grants for Student Initiatives
2009: 14% senior participation; $15,296.09 raised to Study Abroad Scholarships
2010: 18% senior participation; $16,062 raised to Sustainability Research Grants and other funds *first year students could give to special project or one of the annual funds
2011: 27% senior participation; $28,652 raised to Elon’s Greatest Needs or a school or program of their choice
2012: 37% senior participation; $73,868 raised to Elon’s Greatest Needs and other funds *included $25,000 parent honorary gift and $5,000 gift soft credited to senior
2013: 32% senior participation; $46,343.20 raised to Elon’s Greatest Needs and other funds
2014: 41% senior participation; $52,109.59 raised to Elon’s Greatest Needs and other funds