Thursday, February 14, 2013

A record level of impact with a new challenge

With nearly 80 percent of our students receiving financial aid, the financial benefits of a scholarship award are undeniable. And The Henry Carver Fund plays a major role each year in doing just that. Named in honor of Bloomsburg University’s founder, the Henry Carver Fund is our most powerful tool for assisting students because the fund puts students first on a daily basis.

The money is used to help students with scholarships, travel expenses for internships and research presentations, as well as assisting faculty and staff in their efforts to help students in their academic development. There was no better year for this than last year, as we raised a record level of more than $500,000 that directly benefited students. To achieve this level during tough economic times is not only a true testament of our donors’ and supporters’ trust in what we do but also a great reflection on the commitment we — as a university community — have toward our students’ success.

We are very grateful for the support. Every dollar matters. And every dollar is appreciated. Looking ahead, this year appears to be challenging — but in a fun way.

Terry Zeigler ’76, President/CEO of Datacap Systems Inc., Chalfont, and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77, are challenging alumni and friends of Bloomsburg University to make a new investment in our students through the Zeigler Henry Carver Fund Challenge. The HCF Challenge is the Zeiglers’ special initiative to match donations and raise a potential $200,000 for the Henry Carver Fund, the university’s annual fund. The challenge is all or nothing, and no gift is too small to count toward our $100,000 goal by June 30.

The Zeiglers and I hope this challenge inspires you to give back to Bloomsburg University and make an immediate impact on the lives of today’s students.

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