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Together for Transy 2021 brings in record support for student scholarships, aid

Students supporting Together for Transy

Each spring, the Transylvania University community is asked to step up for one day and come Together for Transy. This year, the community set a new fundraising record for the annual day-of-giving event, making a difference in the lives of current and future Pioneers in the process. 

“Our alumni, parents and friends really did come Together for Transy in a big way, setting a new record for this annual event. Unless otherwise designated, every dollar will be used to provide financial assistance to deserving Transylvania students,” said Shawn Lyons, vice president for advancement. 

The May 14 event generated $479,807 from 916 gifts, surpassing last year’s total by more than $60,000. 

“Keeping a Transylvania education within the financial reach of worthy students is always an important goal, but in a year where many of our students and their families have suffered economic hardship, we are especially grateful for the generosity of the hundreds of Transylvanians who made gifts on Friday,” Lyons said.

A number of challenges and contests helped keep donations coming in throughout the day, with top challenges bringing out some fierce competition. Highlights include: 

  • In the Battle of the Classes, it came down to Gen X vs. Gen Z, with the X-ers of the classes of 1990 (38 gifts) and 1992 (37 gifts) finishing just behind this year’s juniors, the Class of 2022 (39 gifts). 
  • In the Greek competition, Phi Mu returned to the top spot (153 gifts) with Alpha Omicron Pi coming in a close second (143 gifts).
  • Business majors (111 gifts) were at the top of the academic contest, followed by psychology majors (90 gifts).
  • The field hockey team ran away with Raf’s Race, dominating the field with 60 gifts. 

Together for Transy benefits The Transylvania Fund, the university’s annual giving program supporting scholarships for those who could not otherwise afford to come to Transy and providing for the greatest needs of current and future Pioneers. Additional dollars provide the university the ability to enhance student programming, invest in faculty and staff and improve the quality of life on campus — essentially our students’ greatest needs.

If you missed Together for Transy on May 14, the opportunity to help is still there. 

“For those who missed that chance, our fiscal year closes on June 30, so there is still time to make a difference for Transy students,” Lyons added. Give now to make your tax-deductible donation.