News at Brookhaven College

Students Start Program for Class Gift

Release Date March 11

Universities like Duke, Yale, Nothwestern and Boston College may come to mind when you think of a group of students raising funds for a class gift, but there’s nothing that says that it can’t happen at Brookhaven College as well.

TonyChris Nnaka, student government president, said that this was one of the things that grew out of conversations he and other students had with the college president. When Dr. Thom D. Chesney, college president, first had a meeting with students to discuss a vision for the future, building community with the alumni of graduates and students who transfer was a key point the students brought up.

“We were looking at opportunities to interest students and for something that would tie them to the campus,” said Nnaka. A class gift seemed like a good way to involve alumni and to help those who wanted to recognize the community college as their starting point.

Members of the Student Government Association discussed the possibilities for making the class gift a scholarship or a tangible item like a bench. They decided that the scholarship would be the better choice.

“A scholarship lets the legacy last,” said Nnaka. Most members supported this idea because it could help students who want to attend college but face financial challenges. Students could contribute to a scholarship fund long after they have left the college, too.

Over the next weeks SGA and some of the other student organizations will be working on fund-raisers to start the fund. They are planning things like bake sales, but they also want to ask for donations when students are picking up their caps and gowns for graduation.

If you’d like to find out more about the class gift, you can contact the Brookhaven Student Government Association at 972-860-4117, to reach Yasaman Contractor, club advisor and assistant director of student life.


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