10 Reasons to Give on Giving Day 2024
January 25, 2024
By Audrey St. Clair ’03
Join us on February 20 as we come together to support Rollins and help unlock more than $190,000 in essential aid for everything from scholarships to hands-on learning.
Provide immediate financial support. Strengthen our tradition of academic and athletic excellence. Enhance offerings from key campus programs. When you make a gift to Rollins on February 20—Giving Day 2024—you’ll help unlock more than $190,000 in funding for our students. By supporting the Rollins Annual Fund, you bolster our ability to provide the South’s best liberal arts education on a campus that inspires creativity, community, and collaboration.
There are endless examples of how your participation in Giving Day 2024 will change the lives and shape the futures of our students. Here are 10 of our favorites.
1. You’ll boost your gift’s impact. When you give on Giving Day, you’ll help the College reach its goal of 1,000 donors and unlock more than $190,000 in gifts for the Rollins Annual Fund. Through special challenges for alumni, parents, and a host of impact areas, you can direct your dollars to whatever means the most to you. Join us on Giving Day 2024 to make your gift go further.
Special thanks to Dana Consler ’72, FINFROCK, Jerry F. Green ’63, Jeremy Lang ’68 and Lynn Stern, Trustee Andrea Massey-Farrell ’98 and James E. Farrell ’15, Trustee John (Jack) C. Myers III ’69 ’70MBA, John C. Myers IV ’94 ’96MBA, an anonymous donor, a group of Parents & Family Council members, and Christabel Vartanian ’68 for providing the Giving Day challenges.
2. You’ll provide standout students like Capri Gutiérrez ’23 the means and opportunity to earn prestigious scholarships like the Fulbright. While at Rollins, the international relations major conducted student-faculty research alongside political science professor Dan Chong, studied abroad in Uganda, was named valedictorian, and earned a Fulbright research fellowship to continue work she started in Uganda on documenting child victims of war.
3. You’ll help students like Charlize Asmar ’26 gain essential hands-on experience. As chief creative officer of The Independent—Rollins’ student-run magazine—the psychology and communications double major is honing skills in leadership and creativity while learning the importance of design in effective communication.
4. You’ll make it possible for the Rollins Museum of Art to earn accolades like best arts education in Orlando. This past Year, the Orlando Weekly recognized RMA in its annual “Best of Orlando” issue, noting the museum’s sustained commitment to acquiring works in various media, from different periods, and by artists of diverse backgrounds that are in alignment with RMA’s teaching mission and the curriculum of a liberal arts education.
5. You’ll help Tars like Marina Newell ’24 explore the world and test their ability to make it better. Among the monkeys and sloths of the Panamanian rainforest, the social entrepreneurship major got to see what she’d been learning in the classroom come to life. The experience solidified her commitment to pursuing a career that addresses sustainability issues and inspired her to work toward finding innovative and holistic solutions.
6. You’ll help reinforce Rollins’ reputation as one of the nation’s best colleges for both academic and athletic excellence. For the 13th consecutive year, the College has earned the NCAA Division II President’s Award for Academic Excellence, which honors schools where student-athletes achieve an academic success rate of 90 percent or higher. Rollins’ 96 percent academic success rate was the highest in the Sunshine State Conference and the seventh highest in the nation.
7. You’ll support adult learners like Tiffany Jones ’16 as they fulfill their dreams and advance their careers. Jones returned to college through Rollins’ Hamilton Holt School, where she majored in international affairs and redefined her direction. She’s now working in her dream role as a compliance officer at Google in Atlanta, where she specializes in international regulations and defense contracts.
8. You’ll give theatre students like Ani Henry-Walker ’25 the opportunity to shine on stage. She was among the first group of students to perform on the new black-box stage in the Tiedtke Theatre & Dance Centre in this season’s production of Metamorphoses. Henry-Walker credits her experience in the theatre department for strengthening her talent and helping define her career goals, which include acting, scriptwriting, and producing.
9. You’ll empower budding business leaders like Katalina Galeano ’21 ’25MBA to combine their liberal arts education with the No. 1 MBA in Florida. Galeano is currently working in the U.S. Senate overseeing statewide internship program operations for Sen. Marco Rubio’s office, where she’s already applying the solutions mindset she’s gaining at Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business while furthering skills in management and leadership.
10. You’ll empower international students like Connor Xu ’23 to fully immerse themselves in everything Rollins has to offer. The economics and classical studies double major participated in multiple internships, joined the swim team, served as an RA, and was inducted into Rollins’ chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the world’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. He’s now thriving back home in Australia working at Nous Group, an international management consulting firm.
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