Asbury Earns Top Prize in Statewide Giving Event

WILMORE, Ky. — Thanks to the generosity of Asbury University alumni, parents and friends, Asbury raised $77,788 for student scholarships in one day!

The gifts were made as part of a partnership between Asbury and Kentucky Gives Day, a 24-hour online giving event that took place on April 9 across the Commonwealth. Asbury joined more than 400 organizations to promote our “1,325: A Gift for Every Student” campaign — a year-long initiative in which every gift made to the Fund for Asbury University goes to student scholarships.

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Sophomore Paula Diaz is one of the many students who benefit from scholarships at Asbury University.

The total funds raised consisted of gifts from Asbury supporters, a 2-to-1 match from Asbury’s Board of Trustees and bonus prize money from the Kentucky Nonprofit Network for bringing in the highest totals in the “large non-profit” category. Social media played a role in spreading the news, as the University and alumni shared messages on Facebook, Twitter and other sites to raise awareness of the opportunity to impact students. (Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @AsburyUniv!)

"We're tremendously excited at the strong show of support we received yesterday," said Damon Mazza, assistant director of annual giving and University liaison for Kentucky Gives Day. "It's about more than simply achieving a financial goal. It's about providing students with opportunities to experience an amazing Christian education in a place like no other, and every gift we received will help us do that."

Paula Diaz, a sophomore from Florida, has seen first-hand the impact of scholarships and giving at Asbury. The recipient of an academic scholarship and the Jose Velasquez Scholarship, Diaz works several hours a week reaching out to alumni to share opportunities to support the University’s work.

“I first heard of Asbury my senior year of high school through my French teacher, Kibbie DeJarnett (Class of '79),” Diaz said. “I feel so, so overwhelmingly blessed with all that God did to give me the chance to come here. Without Him, Madame DeJarnett, and the blessing of scholarships, I would definitely not be here. Through the 1,325 Initiative, students are going to have the chance to be blessed and to get the major of their dreams at the school they love so much.

Though the Kentucky Gives Day event has concluded, the “1,325: A Gift for Every Student” initiative continues. If you would like to put academic excellence and spiritual vitality within reach of even more young people, you can give directly through Asbury’s Web site at

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