For the first time, Griffith University’s Annual Appeal has topped $100,000 in donations.
The record-breaking mark was reached this week, less than two months after the 2017 appeal was launched.
And with the appeal running until the end of the year, the amount already raised guarantees the provision of 40 Griffith Futures Scholarships for students who excel in their studies despite facing personal or financial disadvantage.
Administered through the Students’ Future Fund, each scholarship is worth $5000, with the University matching every donation dollar for dollar.
The success of the 2017 appeal so far follows on from another record-breaking year in 2016 when $85,659 was raised.
To donate to the 2017 Annual Appeal, click here.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Martin Betts thanked donors for their remarkable generosity.
“This is truly something to celebrate because it represents donors’ belief in our students, in the power of education and in our University,” said Professor Betts.
“This outcome confirms how every gift matters, and I’m sure the students we can now help through the Griffith Future Scholarships will be all the more determined to reward the faith that has been shown in them.”
The Director of Griffith University’s Development and Alumni Office, Mrs Gillian French, also expressed her delight and gratitude.
“It is a great privilege to witness first-hand the difference that donations make in the lives of each and every student. This is why we welcome and celebrate giving at Griffith,” she said.
“It will be wonderful to provide even more scholarships for worthy students and I encourage people to come together and give what they can.”
Griffith film student Lily Mitchell suffers from a degenerative eye condition and knows first-hand the positive impact of receiving a Griffith Futures Scholarship.
“Thanks to the support I have received, I can focus on my degree knowing that the financial pressure has been lifted. I’m so grateful.”
You can read Lily’s story here or watch her video below.