Congratulations Class of 2017! In less than a month, you will be walking on stage during commencement to receive your diploma representing all of your hard work for the past four years.  The Class of 2017 is the largest class Bryant has seen, comprising of 870 seniors.  This class has much to celebrate: the introduction of clubs and organizations on this campus, numerous academic achievements and independent studies, and many athletic school records.  We were all able to accomplish so much because of this University, and it is our time to pay it forward.

The Class of 2017 has the opportunity to give back to the University who has provided them with so many opportunities by contributing to the Class of 2017 Bryant Community Legacy Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be presented to a current Bryant student who exemplifies leadership in the Bryant or their local community and demonstrates a financial need.  This scholarship gives a current student the ability to wholeheartedly pursue their Bryant degree without additional financial burdens.

Following graduation, our class has until 2022 to raise $50,000 for the scholarship; if we reach this then the scholarship will be endowed and awarded forever. If our class falls short, the scholarship will be awarded as a one-time scholarship.  Regardless, the Class of 2017 has the chance to give a student the opportunity to attend this prestigious University with less financial burdens.

Since 2009, every senior class at Bryant University has established a class scholarship to award a Bryant student.  Instead of funding a tangible gift to give back to the University, one that would have to be maintained and could potentially have a short lifetime, our Senior Class will be giving a greater gift back to the University.  Every class since 2012 has had at least 50 percent of the class participate, and our class hopes to continue this tradition.

The Bryant Senior Class Committee encourages all members in the Class of 2017 to contribute! Participation is most important. Our goal for the Class of 2017 is 500 donors.  The previous record was set by the Class of 2016 at 470 donors.  If you donate, you will be extended an invite to the Senior Champagne Toast hosted by President and Mrs. Machtley.

Senior Committee Advisor and Assistant Director of the Bryant Fund, Michael Matias, encourages all seniors to donate! The Class of 2017 currently has 360 donors to the scholarship.  In our last month, let us reach and exceed our goal, and give back to the University that has given us so much!

To donate, visit: http://www.bryant.edu/giving/the-bryant-fund/senior-class-gift.htm and select the “Give Now” option. Any contribution is appreciated.  If you have any questions, please contact Michael Matias at mmatias@bryant.edu or Anna Rodier at arodier@bryant.edu.

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