Hey Seniors (and fellow classmates in general)
Our tuition, currently at $42,846 (not including room and board for those who live on campus), only covers about 76% of our time at K throughout the school year and everything else is covered by the gifts from generous donors who believe in the power and effectiveness of our K education. These donations fund everything from scholarships to faculty resources and our greatest needs, which can range from supporting sustainability on our campus to managing unexpected needs.
One of the things about my K education for which I am always grateful is that many of my experiences here would not have been possible without this support from donors. Much of my financial support for my study abroad program came from K scholarships. Without those scholarships, I would not have experienced travel to a new continent and had the opportunity to expand my horizons through cultural immersion. In addition to that, one of the most defining experiences of my time here at K was my unpaid internship through the CCPD which I did during the summer before my sophomore year. I received a generous grant to live in Philadelphia for two months which allowed me to fully participate in this internship that has helped me to advance in my career ambitions. As a student on scholarships, the donations to the Kalamazoo College Fund have allowed me to continue my K education and be a part of many experiences without having to work overtime and rely solely on my paychecks to keep me going.
The Kalamazoo College Fund that supported and enhanced my education and time at K, cannot continue to do what it does for students without the kindness and willingness of those donors to give back to the College. Those senior classes and K alumni decided to give back so that I, and soon the next generation of Hornets, can continue to enjoy these experiences and more. I know that members of our class are unsure as to what it means to give back K. Many of you may even be questioning why we, as seniors, should give back. Every one of has had an experience at K that wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of those who walked the Quad before us. So, fellow seniors, we ask that you join us this Friday, May 13th at the Hornets Suite from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to further discuss the Senior Gift Challenge as well as to pay it forward with our Senior Gift.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about the Kalamazoo College Fund and how your contribution works, don’t hesitate to contact any of us. You can find us on campus, on Facebook, and can also learn more about the Senior Gift here: http://www.kzoo.edu/giving/kcf/senior-class/
Rey Hernandez on behalf of the Class of 2016 Class Agents: Tutu Huang, Kelly Ohlrich, Dylan Polcyn, Tyler Armor, and Alexis Fiebernitz