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Wesleyan kicks off giving season

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College has announced a new effort to maximize GivingTuesday, the global day of giving — Dec. 1, to raise money to support Wesleyan student scholarships.

On average, a Wesleyan student receives $10,000 a semester in financial aid from the college. To help spur increased giving, nearly a dozen Wesleyan donors are offering a matching donation for every gift made to the GivingTuesday student scholarship effort between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. You may make a GivingTuesday gift online at wvwc.edu/give.

“GivingTuesday is a unique opportunity to support student scholarships and give the gift of Wesleyan,” said Talley Sergent, chief development and marketing officer at WVWC. “This year, in the midst of a global health pandemic, it was clear that we could do the most good by raising even more money to support student scholarships.”

According to GivingTuesday.org, “GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.”

As part of the WVWC GivingTuesday activation, Wesleyan will promote student testimonials to share the positive impacts of student scholarships. Dan Morgret ’22, Yuveer Kelkar ’22 and Hannah Spruce ’23 will serve as GivingTuesday ambassadors. Today, Wesleyan shared Morgret’s testimonial across its owned channels. It can be found here. Kelkar and Spruce’s testimonials will be released in the lead up to GivingTuesday, which is the first Tuesday after the Thanksgiving holiday.

“When you earn a Wesleyan education, you tee up a future filled with opportunity,” said Morgret, a junior from South Park, Pennsylvania, who plans to start his own business. Morgret is a member of the WVWC golf team and was named second team All-Mountain East Conference earlier this year.

“While GivingTuesday is a great day to build toward and to launch from, we welcome gifts large and small all year long,” Sergent added. “Every gift makes a difference for a Wesleyan student.”

Donations to West Virginia Wesleyan College, a 501(c)(3), are tax deductible.

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