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 it can’t happen at Brookhaven College as well.
TonyChris Nnaka, student government president, said that starting an annual class gift was one of the things that grew out of conversations he and other students had with Dr. Thom D. Chesney, college president. In meetings with Thom to discuss a vision for the future, students agreed that building a community with college alumni and students who transfer should be a key goal moving forward.
“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 unite alumni and to help former students who wanted to recognize the community college as their starting point.
Members of the Student Government Association discussed making the class gift either a scholarship or a tangible item like a bench. The students decided the scholarship would be the better choice.
“A scholarship lets the legacy last,” said Nnaka. Most members supported this idea because it helps students attend college despite financial challenges. Students can contribute to a scholarship fund long after they have left the college, too.
Over the next few weeks, SGA and other student organizations will begin fundraising for the scholarship. The groups are planning events such as 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, contact Yasaman Contractor, club advisor and assistant director of student life, at 972-860-4117.