February 23rd, 2011 | Uncategorized

Senior Class Gift sets new record

This year’s Senior Class Gift campaign has broken about every record on the books.

While the overall tally will not be finalized until Friday, Senior Class Gift Co-Chairs Haley Cohen ’11 and Tully McLoughlin ’11 said the campaign has raised over $40,000 in donations and garnered more than 97 percent class participation, more than any other previous class since the program started in 1997.

“I knew we had set a high goal for ourselves, and we’re very happily surprised that we came so close,” McLoughlin said.

Five residential colleges — Calhoun, Ezra Stiles, Jonathan Edwards, Saybrook and Silliman — reached 100 percent participation each.

After the end of the campaign another anonymous donor, who had previously offered to give $100,000 to financial aid for study abroad programs if 100 percent class participation was achieved, decided to donate the money despite not reaching the full participation goal, Cohen said.