I write to express my sincere appreciation for our fellow #Diploforlife who Rose to the Challenge to boost Seton Hall University’s alumni giving rate. Each school competed to win a top prize of $25,000 for an initiative of their choosing. Diplomacy elected to support our ever popular Internship Scholarship, which provides living and travel expenses for student interns. The University set an alumni participation goal for each school. The School of Diplomacy placed second, coming in at 415% of the University’s goal.
As a result of the Challenge, the School earned $23,918 for internship scholarships, which closes in on our objective to provide up to $35,000 in awards each year. The Challenge results represent:
- $10,000 second prize award from the competition,
- $10,000 challenge grant from a School of Diplomacy Board Member,
- $1,959 in alumni donations, and
- $1,959 matching gift from Dean Bartoli.
Thanks to donor contributions, the internship scholarship has been awarded to more than 50 students since its inception. This year’s recipients were able to complete internships in places such as Nigeria, China, Brazil and Washington, D.C., for organizations including the New York Times, Dow Jones News, UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In addition, this Challenge allowed the School to reconnect with more than 400 alumni. We were thrilled that among our alumni supporters, twenty-six first time donors Rose to the Challenge, and fifteen alumni were compelled to give their most generous donation to date. We are so grateful for your support. The success of this Challenge significantly contributed to an increase in our Diplomacy alumni giving, which stands at 10.82% this year, over 7.94% last year. We are extremely proud of this increase considering the University’s overall alumni giving rate is currently at 8.4%.
Thank you again for your enthusiasm and generosity. I hope to see you at an upcoming alumni event. Save the date for Seton Hall Alumni Weekend September 24 and 25 and a Reception Etiquette Workshop for alumni in Washington, D.C., on October 13.
With best wishes,
Director of Professional Services