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Senior Gift Project

Thomas Meric (l) and Jarrett Smith (r) celebrate the Class of 2012's Senior Gift Project success with President RuscioWashington & Lee University's Senior Gift  Project has been a student tradition since the early 1990s. The Senior Gift Project has two goals - to educate the Class of 2014 about the Annual Fund and to begin a habit of consistent giving to the Annual Fund during students' senior year. Education about the Annual Fund and its unrestricted nature, how it supports W&L, and its impact on students is the critical foundation to lifelong giving as alumni.

The Senior Gift Committee is comprised of 29 Kathekon seniors, collectively representing the Class of 2014. They are led by five senior Class Agents who serve W&L by encouraging participation in the Senior Gift Project, energizing classmates about the impact of the Class of 2014's support to W&L, and continuing ties between the class and W&L as they become alumni. This leadership role is highly respected by the University as Class Agents are considered one of W&L's most committed and connected group of alumni.

To reach the Senior Gift Project's goals, each Class Agent and Committee member selects a small list of classmates whom they will encourage to participate in the Senior Gift. In addition to peer solicitation, the seniors celebrate their Senior Gift and upcoming graduation at The 100 Days Party in February and Senior Night at the Ruins in May.

Last spring, the Class of 2013 had a successful Senior Gift Project with 74 percent of the class choosing to participate. This was above the average senior class participation rate of 65 percent. The class also earned two Annual Fund trophies: Bierer Trophy and Richmond Trophy.