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.*

Senior class giving has been in its current form for the last 15 years, your senior class gift 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

Line graph visually representing the donation history detailed below

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2015: 53% senior participation; $27,084.56 raised to Elon’s Greatest Needs and other funds
  • 2016: 59% senior participation; $21,392.92 raised to Elon’s Greatest Needs and other funds