Fund-Raising Initiative to Increase Scholarship Funds

When Meredith Schellin ’14 isn’t in class, she can be found leading groups of high-school students and their parents around campus as an Ambassador for the admissions department. While well qualified for the job — she’s been hearing Asbury stories since childhood at the Hollow Rock camp meeting — she applied for the position for one simple reason:

“I really love Asbury University,” Schellin said. “I know it sounds a little cheesy, but I want other people to know why I love this school and how the people — whether it’s my friends, or people in Chapel, or the professors — have impacted me.”

1325-Button.pngThis year, friends of the University have a bold opportunity to directly impact students like Schellin through a new initiative in which every dollar donated to the Fund for Asbury University will be designated for student scholarships. Called “1,325: A Gift for Every Student,” the initiative’s goal is for at least 1,325 alumni, parents and University supporters to make a gift above their previous year’s gift (matching the number of scholarship eligible undergraduates enrolled last year).

Behind the numbers are real stories of students whose hearts have been nurtured and minds sharpened by the experiences they’ve had at Asbury — experiences that have been made possible, in many cases, by the scholarships the students have received.

“Asbury has shaped me in ways I never would have dreamed or imagined,” Schellin said. “I knew I wanted to go to a small, liberal arts university, but I never thought I would grow so much spiritually or make such friendships. I understand what people mean when they say you make friends for a lifetime.”

Schellin’s fellow Ambassador Kelsey Adams ’15 agrees. The daughter of two alumni, Adams has grown up watching her parents’ college friends keep in touch through the years. Adams has made the effort to build enduring relationships herself, spending weeks on the road with a Summer Ministry Team and making plans to study in Spain next spring.

“I feel like Asbury has helped me grow so much,” Adams said. “A lot of it has been in the classroom, where professors are investing in my life, and I’m learning about the world and considering new thoughts. And a lot has to do with the friendships I’ve made, as well. I’ve grown as a Christian, friend, student — in every way.”

The opportunity to change the lives of Asbury students through this initiative has led the members of Asbury’s Board of Trustees to commit to matching the increased amount for every gift made by Dec. 31, 2013, up to $250,000. From a student’s perspective, the ongoing support of alumni and supporters is not only a testimony of the impact of an Asbury education, but also a powerful spiritual encouragement.

“It means a lot to me as a student that alumni continue to come back and support the work we do here,” Adams said. “That they are willing to invest in today’s students demonstrates God’s love and means so much to the students who are here.”

To watch a 1,325 video featuring Asbury students (and learn more about the initiative) please visit asbury.edu/1325.

To make a lasting difference in a student’s life, call Damon Mazza at (859) 858-3511, x2133, or visit asbury.edu/giving.

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