Hotelies are known for their heart. Everything they do—both professionally and personally—is infused with a spirit of hospitality, service, and giving. The Hotelie Class of 2014 put its generosity on display this year as 63 percent of graduating SHA students made a gift to the Senior Class Campaign. Out of all the Cornell schools and colleges, SHA had the highest percentage of participation.
The funds raised by the Senior Class Campaign are unique because they come from the newest cohort of Cornell alumni. Every single student who graduated on May 25 benefited, in some way, from the alumni, friends, parents, and fellow students who support Cornell with financial gifts. By contributing to the campaign, students showed their gratitude and helped ensure that future Hotelies will have the same opportunities they had.
“Tuition accounts for only a fraction of the classes, programs, and services that make up the full SHA experience. Giving to the Senior Class Campaign is one way that Hotelies express their satisfaction with the education they have received. We thank all the seniors who contributed to the campaign this year,” said Meg Hardie Keilbach ’88, assistant dean for alumni affairs and development. “This is also a great way for graduating student to become engaged, involved alumni with a habit of giving back.”
Through the Senior Class Campaign, the Cornell Class of 2014 raised over $49,000 to pay it forward and give back to Cornell and its current and future students. Student donors could designate that their individual gifts be spent where they were most needed, or they could support a specific scholarship, department, or campus organization. As you can imagine, many seniors were motivated to support the activities and groups that had the greatest impact on them during their four years at Cornell.
Students gave to:
- SHA Annual Fund and general Cornell Annual Fund
- SHA financial aid
- Hotel Ezra Cornell
- National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
- Club Managers Association of America Cornell chapter
- Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship
If you want to follow the Class of 2014’s lead and support the SHA programs that mean the most to you, make a gift today.